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10/10/2007

Bama pulls levers for yet another gay candidate

by Jeremy Hooper

Howardbayless-1Last summer, Patricia Todd became the first open lesbian candidate to ever be elected to public office in the state of Alabama when she won a seat in the state House. Last night, Howard Bayless (pic) joined Ms. Todd in the queer history books, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected to Alabama office when voters chose him for the Birmingham School Board District 3 seat:

First openly gay man elected in Alabama [Victory Fund]

Wow, so the Yellowhammer State now has two out and proud gays serving in elected public office! What is the state becoming, California or Massachusetts circa the early 1980's? Hell, at this rate, they could be marrying gays even before the flying cars are ready to take the newlyweds to their honeymoon!

But congrats on the better late than never distinction, Mr. Bayless. We know that your qualifications are what got you elected and are what truly matters. However, the social implications of this important step could certainly help to educate locals in ways that even your new school board position never could.

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