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Elizabeth Smart's Dad, Ed Smart, Announces He Is Gay in Candid Facebook Post

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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is back in the headlines, but it's not because of her ongoing advocacy work. On August 15, Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed Smart, announced he is gay and planning to divorce his wife of 33 years, Lois Smart.

How did Elizabeth Smart respond to her dad announcing he's gay? Here's what you need to know about Ed Smart and the future of the Smart family. 

Elizabeth Smart's dad, Ed Smart, announced he was gay in a since-deleted Facebook post. 

Per the Deseret News, Ed Smart posted "one of the hardest letters I have ever written" to Facebook on August 15. In the since-deleted post, Ed wrote, "I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay."