Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gainesville, FL Elects First Openly Gay Mayor by Narrow Margin reports that the city of Gainesville, FL elected openly gay Craig Lowe mayor by a razor thin margin, which will automatically prompt a recount. The closely watched campaign became ugly when Lowe's opponant resorted to anti-gay smear tactics.

"City Commissioner Craig Lowe will become the first openly gay mayor in the northern Florida, and one of fewer than 30 openly LGBT mayors serving in the U.S., if he survives an automatic recount, triggered by the winning margin of just 35 votes.

Gainesville joins municipalities as diverse as Houston, Texas, with 2.2 million residents, and Dillon, Colorado, population 800–both of which have elected openly LGBT mayors in the past year."
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