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One Reason Why the Midterms Weren’t a Total Disaster

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Posted on Nov 3, 2010

David Cicilline, who is openly gay, ascended from mayor of Providence, R.I., to the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election.

The 2008 election brought America the first black president and a Democratic House and Senate but was not good for the gays, to say the least, with the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This time around, the tables have turned, as according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, more GLBT candidates were elected at the midterm polls than ever before, while the Dems didn’t quite fare so well.

Another significant score in the estimation of some gay rights groups was Jerry Brown’s election as California’s next governor, with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as lieutenant governor. Now, about that Proposition 8, gentlemen. ...  —KA

Gay Politics:

Important 2010 election results include:

–David Cicilline’s election to Congress.  The Providence, R.I. mayor will be the fourth openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives, joining Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank and Jared Polis, who each won reelection.

–Jim Gray’s election as mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, the state’s second-largest city.

–Nickie Antonio’s election to the Ohio House.  Antonio will be the first openly LGBT person to serve in the state legislature.

–Marcus Brandon’s election to the North Carolina House.  Brandon will be the state’s only openly gay state legislator and one of just five out African Americans to serve as state lawmakers.

–Victoria Kolakowski’s election as a Superior Court judge in Alameda County.  Kolakowski becomes the first openly transgender judge in America.

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By Pierce R. Butler, November 4, 2010 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment
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Would it be too much trouble to identify which party each of these individuals ran with? The election of a “Log Cabin” Republican represents no more progress for human rights than, say, the approval of Clarence Thomas for a Supreme Court seat.

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By basho, November 4, 2010 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

every cloud has a silver lining.

now how about the pot initiative?

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By Inherit The Wind, November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

Nice to know that it’s not a total disaster, just a disaster.

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By joell, November 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment

@morristhewis November 3 at 11:22 pm

if its “politically incorrect,”  especially concerning blacks, it will not happen with Obama. do you believe he would have apologized if Henry Gates was white & the cop was black? 

btw,  i know someone who served 9 yrs, 4 mths for a $50 crack sale.

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By morristhewise, November 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

There is only one person who can open prison doors and release 500 thousand
non-violent African Americans, and that is Obama. It might be politically
incorrect, but millions will never forget his understanding and compassion.
Kareem was busted for selling a few grams of coke to an undercover cop, he is
serving 4 years of a 10 year sentence. There are many African Americans like
Kareem who are serving long prison terms for non-violent offenses.
As a small token of reparations for years of hardship and slavery they should all
be pardoned.

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