Ed Smart Bio
Ed Smart, age 62, was born on May 18, 1955, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, Ed Smart has revealed that he is gay and set to divorce his wife.
Everyone in Utah knew but him. Kind of like Lindsay Graham.
Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, announces he is gay pic.twitter.com/nyw6Y0Nlwu
— Compose Yourself (@CalmdownScooter) August 16, 2019
Ed Smart Wife, Married Life
Ed Smart’s wife is Lois Smart, to whom he got married in 1986. Since his daughter’s abduction, he has lobbied to Congress, as well as the Senate, in order to ensure that no one else is abducted and that the state has robust mechanisms to track down and rescue missing children. Ed and Lois Smart were the forerunners of this campaign.
Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, posted on social media that he is gay, divorcing his wife and doesn’t see a place for himself in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.https://t.co/TiiW7Fr1kd
— KSL (@KSLcom) August 16, 2019
Ed Smart Age
He is 64 years old.
Ed Smart Children
Ed Smart is a wonderful man. Mixed orientation marriages are overwhelmingly difficult & the Smarts deserve compassion & empathy right now
It is incredibly challenging to find a place as an LGBTQ person in the church.
I pray that changes— fast
— calvin j burke (@calvinjburke) August 16, 2019
Smart and his wife Lois have six children together. Elizabeth is the second-oldest of four brothers and one sister. Elizabeth’s sister Mary witness the infamous kidnapping as Brian David Mitchell entered the room the two shared on the night of June 5, 2002. Mary waited two hours before alerting her parents about the kidnapping after Mitchell had threatened her.
Ed Smart Facebook
Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, confirmed to FOX 13 that he came out as gay in a Facebook post — which was quickly removed Thursday because it was intended for friends and family only. https://t.co/pp8G0irTYi
— FOX 13 News Utah (@fox13) August 16, 2019
In a Facebook message shared with his family and friends, Smart, who is a Mormon also said that he doesn’t see a place for himself in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In ‘one of the hardest letters I have ever written,’ Smart wrote that ‘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 wrote.
‘Living with the pain and guilt I have for so many years, not willing to accept the truth about my orientation has at times brought me to the point where I questioned whether life was still worth living.’
Smart, 64, was thrust into the public eye after his then 14-year-old daughter was abducted from their home in Salt Lake City in 2002 and held for nine months in captivity.
Ed Smart Occupation
Ed Smart, father of kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart, announces he is gay and leaving the Mormon Church: I “have come to the conclusion that it was never my Savior’s intent to change me from the way I was born.”
https://t.co/SPVopfgBV9 via @DeseretNews
— Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) August 16, 2019
Not much is known about Ed Smart’s occupation except that he is the owner of a real estate and mortgage company. He is based in Salt Lake City and is an alumnus of the George Washington University with a BBA in finance. He also has an MBA with a specialization in urban planning. Apart from speaking for child safety and creating awareness for child protection, he authored books like Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope, and Young Times. Nothing is known about Ed Smart’s net worth, but it is believed that he is doing well with his business, public speaking, and book sales.
Elizabeth Smart’s parents
#EdSmart is a coward for divorcing his wife and breaking his covenants he made with God in His holy house. The #LGBT lifestyle will only lead to misery and woe. Homosexual behavior is always sinful. pic.twitter.com/89qRLFY58X
— Blue (@TrabiasBlueMage) August 16, 2019
Elizabeth Smart’s parents were very concerned about her well-being when she was taken from her bedroom in 2002. Her father, in particular, was emotionally strung when Elizabeth appeared in the courtroom to testify with her side of the story. In the video below, Ed Smart speaks about the emotional testimonial that his daughter gave in court. It’s something no parent should ever have to go through and through the ordeal is now just a horrid memory for the smart family, Ed Smart continues to raise awareness as much as he can.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- In a Facebook message, Ed Smart, 64, said it was ‘one of the hardest letters I’ve ever written’
- Smart says he is divorcing his wife and doesn’t see a place for himself in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- ‘I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay. The decision comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same is a huge relief’