PA Republican State Rep. Mike Fleck: I’m Gay

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    Dec 02, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    metta8 saidRepublican State Rep. Mike Fleck: I’m Gay

    "first openly gay lawmaker in Pa. and the only* currently sitting openly gay Republican state legislator in the entire country."

    http://www.politicspa.com/republican-state-rep-mike-fleck-im-gay-2/44597/


    I think it'll be interesting to see how Republicans and their voters respond to him going forward.

    Will they continue to sew the seeds of division and use LGBT people as the target, or will they evolve beyond their tea party nut jobs and try to create a more inclusive party that can embrace socially conservative views (ie. moving to be more supportive of marriage equality because monogamy is a good thing, regardless if you're straight or gay) in a more inclusive way.

    I'm not familiar with this guy, so it would be interesting to see how he'd voted for bills that directly impact the LGBT community.
    I can tell you that he'll probably be supportive of LGBT legislation (he's already co-sponsored an anti-bullying bill), but as someone who grew up in the region, I can also tell you he'll get the boot the first chance voters get.

    Pennsylvania is, sadly, not unlike Alabama when you step outside of Greater Philadelphia.
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    Dec 02, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    Bakerboy said
    TrentGrad said
    metta8 saidRepublican State Rep. Mike Fleck: I’m Gay

    "first openly gay lawmaker in Pa. and the only* currently sitting openly gay Republican state legislator in the entire country."

    http://www.politicspa.com/republican-state-rep-mike-fleck-im-gay-2/44597/


    I think it'll be interesting to see how Republicans and their voters respond to him going forward.

    Will they continue to sew the seeds of division and use LGBT people as the target, or will they evolve beyond their tea party nut jobs and try to create a more inclusive party that can embrace socially conservative views (ie. moving to be more supportive of marriage equality because monogamy is a good thing, regardless if you're straight or gay) in a more inclusive way.

    I'm not familiar with this guy, so it would be interesting to see how he'd voted for bills that directly impact the LGBT community.
    I can tell you that he'll probably be supportive of LGBT legislation (he's already co-sponsored an anti-bullying bill), but as someone who grew up in the region, I can also tell you he'll get the boot the first chance voters get.

    Pennsylvania is, sadly, not unlike Alabama when you step outside of Greater Philadelphia.


    True. I've spent time in Bushkill. It's the sticks. And, I was definitely a "person of color" in a blue-collar "white" area.
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    Dec 02, 2012 7:55 AM GMT
    Hey better late than never. Although I thought that it was Brian Sims that was Pa's first openly gay senator rather than him.

    Bakerboy said
    Pennsylvania is, sadly, not unlike Alabama when you step outside of Greater Philadelphia.


    Pennsylvania is the Texas of the north, really. The title of Alabama and Mississippi of the North go to the Dakotas.
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    Dec 02, 2012 10:52 AM GMT
    Good for him; maybe he can help others to find the courage to do the same in the GOP.
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    Dec 04, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    Lanter saidHe's brave. For those of you unfamiliar with PA geography and politics, the state has often been described as having Philadelphia on one end, Pittsburgh at the other and Arkansas in the middle. Essentially, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are liberal while the rest of the state is mainly conservative. It says that Mike Fleck grew up, went to school, represents, and lives in counties in the middle that are traditionally conservative.
    Pennsylvania moderates and liberals are not necessarily confined to just Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and their old, inner ring suburbs. There is a relatively strong democratic presence in the mid sized cities like Erie, Scranton, and Allentown as well. Granted the rural mountain counties of Pennsylvania are very conservative and very backward in much the same way most of the rural, small town counties in New York. But Pennsylvania is pretty much like New York, a relatively strong blue, democratic state. It is not the swing state that the conservative GOP and the news media both falsely claim it to be. The last time Pennsylvania went red was in 1988 which was also the same year that Maryland and New Jersey went red, republican.