By: KDKA-TV News Staff

CHARLESTON (KDKA) – A 24-year-old Republican lawmaker in West Virginia has come out as gay.

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Joshua Higginbotham has been a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates for five years now.

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He says that it is possible to be both a conservative Republican and gay.

He also added that his sexual identity does not change that.

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Higginbotham says, “he’s still the same guy.”