Ge­or­gia Equal­ity re­leases en­dorse­ments for Novem­ber elec­tions

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On Sept. 22, statewide LGBT ad­vo­cacy group Ge­or­gia Equal­ity re­leased their en­dorse­ments for this Novem­ber’s state leg­is­la­ture races, re­veal­ing one more LGBT can­di­date than pre­vi­ously thought and one sur­pris­ing non-en­dorse­ment.

At­tor­ney Sam Park joins Bob Gi­bel­ing as the two openly LGBT males run­ning for the state leg­is­la­ture, and ei­ther of them would make his­tory by pulling out a win and be­ing the first openly gay male to be elected to the Ge­or­gia leg­is­la­ture—Rashad Tay­lor was outed in 2011 while in of­fice and did not win re­elec­tion.

Park, a Demo­crat, is run­ning in House Dis­trict 101 against in­cum­bent state Rep. Va­lerie Clark, a Repub­li­can run­ning on low­er­ing taxes and trans­porta­tion is­sues. Park is mak­ing the econ­omy, health care and equal­ity (in­clud­ing op­po­si­tion to any anti-LGBT so-called “re­li­gious free­dom” bills) the cen­ter­pieces of his cam­paign.

Ge­or­gia Equal­ity de­clined an en­dorse­ment in the House Dis­trict 54 race that pits the openly gay Gi­bel­ing against Repub­li­can Rep. Beth Be­skin. Be­skin riled LGBT ac­tivists last March dur­ing a House sub­com­mit­tee hear­ing when she failed to sup­port LGBT nondis­crim­i­na­tion amend­ments to SB 129, state Sen. Josh McKoon’s (R-Colum­bus) “re­li­gious free­dom” bill. How­ever, Be­skin was one of two Repub­li­cans who joined seven Democrats in pass­ing an amend­ment that added anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion lan­guage into SB 129 the fol­low­ing day, lead­ing the bill to be tabled and even­tu­ally fail­ing to pass.

For the full list of Ge­or­gia Equal­ity’s en­dorse­ments, visit www.the­ for an ex­tended ver­sion of this story.

More than 11,000 trans­gen­der vot­ers in Ge­or­gia may be dis­en­fran­chised

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