California’s Carl DeMaio might not be the first openly gay Republican to run for Congress — in fact, he’s one of three running this year alone. But he is the first to include his male partner in his campaign ad.
The ad includes a shot of DeMaio holding his partner’s hand and another where he’s waving a rainbow flag.
Presenting himself as a “new generation Republican,” DeMaio told the Wall Street Journal:
“This is who I am. It’s something that’s important to me. I want to embrace equality, and feel like the party should, too.”
The two other openly gay Republicans making bids for House seats this year are New Hampshire’s Dan Innis and Richard Tisei in Massachusettes.
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• A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II determined that Kentucky’s ban on same-sex unions that take place in states where gay marriage is legal violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.
In the 23-page ruling striking down part of the state’s marriage amendment, which was enacted following a 2004 voter mandate, Heyburn wrote that the law treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.”
Heyburn also referred to recent gay marriage advancements made in other states, as well as last summer’s win on the federal level, when the Supreme Court sided in favor of marriage equality by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
“Each of these small steps has led to this place and this time, where the right of same-sex spouses to the state-conferred benefits of marriage is virtually compelled.”
• Even more states are gearing up to face challenges to their gay marriage bans.
A gay rights group filed a federal lawsuit in Louisiana challenging the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.
Meanwhile, Texas’ ban on gay nuptials is being challenged in federal court.
And in Wyoming, two very different gay marriage bills have been presented to the state Legislature: one would legalize it, the other would prohibit it.