paulflexes saidSounds like he's in the closet as well.
Stop being a coward and just be yourself. Who knows, he may be the Mr. Right that you've always wanted.
He's not a coward.
His coworker is being down right obvious that he wants a relationship.
The OP has made it obvious here that he would also like to pursue that, but he's afraid to.
Yes, he is being a coward by not taking the opportunity that has been placed in front of him.
I understand he may be in a rather anti-gay area, but it can't be too anti-gay or his coworker would have already been chastised (or worse) for telling others they are "civil partners."adhi234:
Your coworker has opened the closet door for you. All you have to do is walk out. And no I'm not saying it's easy, but it's refreshing once you do it. All the weight you've been carrying all your life lifts. You learn who was really your friend, and you'll learn who only liked you because they thought you were straight. Sure you lose some "friends" (and maybe even some family) but they would have never liked you to begin with if they'd known you are gay when you met. It's a truly enlightening experience.
Now go grab that dude before he slips away. Otherwise I might snatch him up if he's really hot...but I'll share.