Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on November 16, 2010
The Victory Fund has released a statement letting us know that nationwide there will be absolutely zero Republicans in State Legislatures who are openly gay. Hmmm.. wonder why?
Definitely holds true in Utah. The only openly gay Republican candidate who ran this year was Melvin Nimer, president of the Utah Log Cabin Republicans, who ran for Senate District 2 against Democrat Ben McAdams. Mr. Nimer lost heavily, and did not receive the endorsements of any advocacy groups like The Victory Fund, Equality Utah or us at PRIDEinUtah as no Republican has won that seat in decades.
Of course.. this says nothing about Republican legislators who are in the closet, of which I’m pretty sure there are several in Utah.
Among the nearly 4,000 Republican state lawmakers expected to serve across the U.S. come this January, none will be openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. The development marks the first time in years that an openly LGBT voice will be absent from Republican politics at the state level.
“Unfortunately our endorsed GOP candidates for 2010 lost elections for state legislative positions in Nevada and Michigan, and the three sitting openly gay Republican state senators – in California, Massachusetts and Minnesota – are leaving office at the end of this year,” said James Dozier, deputy political director at the Victory