April 17, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Pa. mayor ends re-election bid in gay scandal
James "Jay" Schiliro, gay news, Washington Blade

James “Jay” Schiliro (Photo police handout)

MARCUS HOOK, Pa.—A Pennsylvania mayor has ended his re-election campaign after authorities accused him of imprisoning a man in his home.

The Delaware County Daily Times on March 27 reported that Marcus Hook Mayor James “Jay” Schiliro ended his campaign after he reportedly had a police officer drive the 20-year-old man to his house on Feb. 21. The newspaper said Schiliro allegedly gave him alcohol and fired one of the three firearms he had in his possession into a stack of papers.

Schiliro also reportedly asked the man to perform oral sex on him during the four-hour encounter.

Marcus Hook Councilman Michael Manerchia told the Delaware County Daily Times that Schiliro should resign.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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