On a night when political eyes were on the Great State of Texas – where once, before George W. Bush (and Karl Rove) and Rick Perry, the funny and great straight pro-gay Democrat Ann Richards was governor – where good ole Southern Christian boys helped Mormon Mitt Romney clinch the nomination to be the Republican presidential nominee —three Latina lesbians also won their primaries.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund reported Wednesday morning that Mary E. Gonzalez won
a decisive Democratic primary to represent District 75 in the Texas House of Representatives. Gonzalez faces no Republican opponent in November, meaning she will win the El Paso seat and become the state’s only openly LGBT lawmaker.
Also winning were Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.
Of Gonzalez’s win, Victory Fund CEO Chuck Wolfe said:
This is a big victory for Mary, for El Paso and for Texas. The people of El Paso will be represented by a talented and committed fighter who knows how to get things done in Austin. And LGBT Texans will be represented by an authentic voice in the Capitol, standing up and speaking out for fairness and freedom for all.
According to the Victory Fund, “Gonzalez will become just the second openly LGBT individual to serve in the Texas legislature. (The first, former State Rep. Glen Maxey, served from 1991 to 2003.) Her win will shrink the number of state legislatures – currently 17 – with no openly LGBT lawmakers.”