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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Steny Hoyer’s daughter, Stefany Hemmer, comes out as lesbian, advocates for same-sex marriage

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
For the child of a national political figure, Stefany Hoyer Hemmer has kept a relatively low profile. But on Wednesday, the daughter of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer went public with the fact that she’s a lesbian. The 43-year-old nurse told the Washington Blade she wants to help the Maryland push for same-sex marriage — a cause her father just last month endorsed for the first time.

Though Hemmer has never before been involved in activism, “when my dad actually came out with a statement, it triggered a want in me to further the cause,” she told the newspaper.

A mom and grandmother via a brief early marriage, she says she told her late mother, Judith, that she was gay but never explicitly discussed it with the congressman — instead, letting one of her two sisters break the news to him before she showed up at the house one day in 2003 with a girlfriend. (“He was very welcoming,” she said.) Hemmer now lives in Queen Anne on Maryland’s Eastern Shore with her partner of 18 months — but no immediate plans to wed if it become legal there.

In a statement released by Hoyer’s office, the Maryland Democrat said he’s “pleased that Stefany is adding her voice to those. . . calling for marriage equality. This is about ensuring all families receive equal treatment under the law.”

Washington Blade: Rep. Steny Hoyer’s daughter comes out as a lesbian, 6/6/12

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