GOP lawmaker’s ‘I don’t like men’ comment stirs protest

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(Image from Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s Facebook.)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An outspoken and conservative Pennsylvania state lawmaker has stirred calls to resign or be demoted after he interrupted a committee meeting to accost his Democratic counterpart for touching his arm and suggest the man might be gay.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s comments offensive and discriminatory, and said it is “part of a disturbing pattern of behavior.”

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Ed Flanagan, first openly gay state lawmaker, dies at 66

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The former Vermont auditor of accounts and state senator credited as the first openly gay lawmaker in the country elected to statewide office has died.

Ed Flanagan died Friday at a nursing home in New Hampshire. He was 66.

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South Carolina’s 1st openly gay lawmaker from deep-red district

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s first openly gay legislator hails from the unlikeliest of places: an ultra-conservative part of the state that is home to the Christian fundamentalist school Bob Jones University.

Republican Rep. Jason Elliott, a 46-year-old divorce attorney, said his sexual orientation was not an issue in his campaign and is irrelevant to his job at the Statehouse, as his focus will be on improving education, increasing jobs and repairing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. He expects his votes to align with his GOP colleagues.

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Joe Saunders may try to reclaim his seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 2016

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Orlando – Former State Representative Joe Saunders may make another run for Florida House in 2016. Saunders said he’s considering running again after current District 49 State Representative Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) announced he would run for the District 50 seat in the next election.

“Some game changing news for House District 49 this week,” Saunders said via Facebook April 26. “Rene Plasencia’s decision not to seek re-election in District 49 has taken me as much by surprise as the rest of you and given me a lot to think about.”

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North Dakota State Representative outed using Grindr

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Fargo, N.D. – A North Dakota Republican lawmaker was caught sending sexually explicit photos and messages on the dating/hookup app Grindr and is saying it is retaliation for his recent voting record on gay rights.

Rep. Randy Boehning (Fargo-R), who recently voted against Senate Bill 2279, which would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, said that he was outed because of political payback by an unnamed Capitol staffer.

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Poland elects first openly gay mayor in elections

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Dec. 1, he became the country’s first openly gay mayor.

The 38-year-old’s political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed in the decade since it joined the European Union. Back then, in 2004, gay rights marches were still being banned and homosexuality was treated as a huge taboo. Since then a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians has arrived hand-in-hand with a flourishing economy.

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Mariela Castro casts first ‘no’ vote in Cuban parliament history

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HAVANA (AP) – Yet another revolutionary tradition has been broken in Cuba: A lawmaker voted “no” in parliament.

And it wasn’t just any lawmaker.

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Gay lawmaker in the running for Maryland governor

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A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to make her campaign announcement Wednesday for the Maryland 2014 governor’s race.

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