Ed Smart, Father of Elizabeth Smart, Announces he is Gay, is Leaving Wife, Church

Ameera Butt
August 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm



The father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart came out as gay to family and friends Friday.

According to a story from NBC News, Ed Smart revealed that not only is he gay but he is also leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and divorcing his wife. 

The letter was sent through Facebook Messenger where Smart said, "I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay. The decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same time it is a huge relief."

He and his wife Lois tirelessly tried to find their daughter who was just 14 when she was kidnapped from her bedroom in 2002. She was found after nine months. 

Smart has five children. Elizabeth also released a statement to NBC News that said "While I am deeply saddened by their separation, nothing could change my love and admiration for them both. Their decisions are very personal. As such, I will not pass judgment and rather am focusing on loving and supporting them and the other members of my family."