LGBT equality advances on Election Day 2013

Election Day 2013 was a great day for LGBT equality. With national news media's focus primarily on New Jersey's gubernatorial race, Terry McAuliffe's victory over Republican Ken Cuccinelli for the Virginia Governors' seat, and Bill de Blasio's lanslide win over Joe Lhota, GLAAD wants to share some of the important wins of LGBT candidates and LGBT issues.

Mayor Annise Parker, who is Houston's first lesbian mayor, won a third term in Houston's mayoral race. This will be her final term in office.

Sen. Ed Murray was elected Seattle's first openly gay mayor. Murray was the architect of Washington's marriage equality law.

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, Don Guardian was elected as the city's first openly gay mayor.

St. Petersburg, Florida elected two new openly gay members to the city council. Darden Rice and Amy Foster were both elected, joining openly gay council member Steve Kornell.

And in Royal Oak, Michigan voters approved Proposal "A" which adds sexual orientation, as well as height, weight, condition of pregnancy, marital status, physical or mental limitation, source of income, family responsibilities or HIV status to the city's human rights ordinance.

These are just a few of the successful LGBT campaigns from election day 2013. If we missed one please share it with GLAAD.


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