November 2nd, 2010
09:49 PM ET
12 years ago

Record number of openly gay candidates

(CNN) - There are 123 openly gay people running for public office this election year, a record number according to the Victory Fund which finances openly gay candidates.

They include David Cicilline who is running in Rhode Island for the 1st Congressional District seat. The former mayor of Providence, R.I. could become just the seventh openly gay person to serve in Congress, and only the third to be elected for the first time as an openly gay candidate.

Victory Fund also finances candidates like Rep. Patrick Murphy (Pennsylvania, 8th Congressional District) who is not gay and is an Iraq War veteran. Murphy fought for an amendment to repeal the military's "Don't ask, Don't tell' policy in May.

Some of these races are important to the gay community not just because the candidates are gay, but because they are in states where legislation that affects gays is up for debate. Rhode Island, Maryland, New York, Washington and Colorado have state legislative and gubernatorial elections that could determine whether bills will pass granting gays domestic partnership benefits.

"If Democrats and openly LGBT candidates do well, we could see an attempt to establish civil unions in Colorado and full marriage equality in Maryland," the Victory Fund told supporters on election night. "Washington's LGBT state legislative caucus could attempt to convert their strong civil unions law into a marriage equality law, and the New York State Senate makeup will determine whether state organizers will make another run at winning marriage rights there."

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  1. Kelly Mabra

    I believe a JOB is what you do and NOT WHO YOU ARE. It does not matter if someone is gay or straight. matters if they can or can't perform the job they have been assigned to.

    November 2, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. selimfrom bangladesh

    yes i believe, gay people must also race to take some seats...being gay should not be an issue when someone is up for responsibility...

    November 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. T'SAH from of Virginia

    I guess DADT will get repealed now!!!! And it SHOULD!!!

    All we need is more MINORITIES in the SENATE and we will be SET!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    November 2, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  4. Brian

    It does matter what the person believes in. It does matter about the background of the person. Ask the loser of the race. There are values, beliefs, morals, doctrine, etc. that come in to play on many decisions. A person that has chosen a morally unsound life does not make for a good candidate.

    November 2, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. vic

    lets put our sexual preferences back in the closet.....we should be running on principles, ethics and true service and leadership of the people....not to get our agendas moved forward like domestic partnerships. This is discriminatory as anyone who disagrees with people running on their differences is shut down if they do not agree with those differences......that proves alone freedom of speech is not available to everyone, especially those who do not agree with unnatural sexual preference (look at naturem it has nothing to do with religion) Many conservative people are not religious and hold old world values; respect them as much as you expect respect for your modern views and run for all the people own agenda.

    November 2, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |