Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Dalllas could elect it's first gay mayor!!!

Well it seems history will be made in Dallas, Texas. Dallas City Council member Ed Oakley might win that honor if he wins upcoming runoff election. Dallas has a population of 1.2 million and has an LGBT community estimated at 120K.

"Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity. The city is already home to several gay elected officials, including the sheriff.
"Dallas is less and less the Dallas that people think it is," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. "And Dallas is less and less the Dallas that it used to be."

In the mayoral race, Oakley and former construction company CEO Tom Leppert emerged from a crowded 11-candidate field that included another openly gay man and a transgendered woman. Oakley and Leppert will be the only candidates in the June 16 runoff.

...The city has nondiscrimination policies covering sexual orientation and gender identity and offers health insurance to the domestic partners of city employees, measures praised as progressive by local gay-rights activists. "I think some people don't realize that Dallas is very diverse: economically, ethnically, culturally," said Pete Webb, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

"That has helped mute any controversy about Oakley's sexuality in a state where two years ago voters approved a ban on gay marriage by a 3-to-1 margin".

Justice MH's Final thoughts: Good for Dallas! I'm glad voters are interested in his leadship skill, and what he can do as a public official. Not so focus on his sexual orientation.

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