A record number of gay candidates

  • metta

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    Oct 03, 2012 6:30 AM GMT

    A record number of gay candidates

    "The Associated Press reports on a historic development this year in House and Senate races -- a record number of openly gay candidates.

    When the oaths of office are taken in January, Congress could have its first openly gay Asian-American, Mark Takano of California; its first openly bisexual member, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; and its first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

    In all, eight openly gay candidates are running as major-party nominees for the House of Representatives, the most ever, including the two incumbents who are favored in their races — Democrats Jared Polis of Colorado and David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

    Not only are there more gay candidates than ever, one of the top House GOP prospects this year, Richard Tisei of Massachusetts, is gay.

    And, as the AP notes, the sexual orientation of these candidates simply isn’t a major issue in these races."

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    Oct 03, 2012 10:32 AM GMT
    Doesn't anyone consider this progress?
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    Oct 03, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    Blakes7 saidDoesn't anyone consider this progress?

    Yes this is huge progress - people running as openly LBGT candidates. For a brief moment this summer my home state had an openly gay Republican member of the State House of Rep's. He came out to oppose some anti-gay legislation after already announcing that he wasn't running for reelection.

    It used to be that only ex-politicians came out.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 03, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    Glad to hear it! Hope the numbers will only grow until something like sexuality won't be a factor... the way it should be.....
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    Oct 03, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    The more the mary-ier icon_smile.gif