Record number of gay candidates running for Congress

AP reports that a record number of gay people are seeking seats in Congress next session.

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Of the four openly gay members of Congress, the two longest-serving stalwarts are vacating their seats. Instead of fretting, their activist admirers are excited about a record number of gays vying to win seats in the next Congress — and to make history in the process.When the oaths of office are taken in January, Congress could have its first openly gay Asian-American, Mark Takano of California; its first openly, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona; and its first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

The Victory Fund reports that they are supporting a record number of LGBT candidates this election:

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced it has wrapped up endorsements for 2012 elections, bringing the total number of endorsed openly LGBT candidates this year to a record-breaking 175. Among those, 8 candidates are endorsed for U.S. House and Senate races.

“We’re just a few weeks away from making history,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. ”For the first time ever, LGBT Americans could have an authentic voice in the U.S. Senate and a record-high number of openly LGBT House members on both sides of the aisle.”

In addition to the federal candidates, Victory has endorsed 97 state legislative candidates in 30 states, and dozens more at the municipal, county, judicial and school board level.

The religious right, and all the haters, have lost the war. It’s only a question now of how many painful battle they put us through – a war of attrition really – before someone, among them, finally tells them to stop.

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