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Red States elect first openly gay lawmakers

L: Todd, R: Webb

Last week we posted about Patricia Todd‘s election in Alabama. It’s official — the provisional ballots were certified (h/t Kathy) and Todd is heading to the state house to represent House District 54.

Arkansas can also celebrate the election of its first-ever openly gay elected official — Kathy Webb will serve in the state house as well.

To round out the good news, here’s what happened in Oklahoma.

Al McAffrey is poised to become the first openly gay member of the Oklahoma state legislature after winning his Democratic primary Tuesday night to represent District 88 in the Oklahoma State House. He faces no Republican opposition in the general election in November.

“Al’s win is more proof that what fair-minded Americans care about most are issues that directly affect their lives,” said Chuck Wolfe, President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. “2006 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for the Victory Fund. Smart, qualified LGBT candidates, backed by our national network of donors, are proving that we can add voices for equality everywhere,” Wolfe added.

McAffrey, 58, is a member of the Choctaw Nation, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former policeman, a father and a grandfather.

All received support from The Victory Fund, which has helped the number of openly LGBT officials in the U.S. grow from 49 to more than 300.

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