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Oklahoma elects first openly gay state senator

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Oklahoma state Rep. Al McAffrey, was elected to the state Senate in a special election on Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay Oklahoma state senator.

Al McAffrey

McAffrey (D) was first elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2006, becoming the state’s first openly gay member in the state legislature

He later ran for reelection in 2008 and 2010, and won by significant margins in both contests.

In Tuesday’s election, McAffrey won with more than 66 percent of the vote, and is due to be sworn into office next week.

McAffrey, 63, was endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

“Al’s election to the State Senate is another milestone for LGBT Oklahomans, and we are proud to support his campaign,” said Chuck Wolfe, CEO of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

“There are still a number of states that have never elected any openly LGBT state legislators, so Oklahoma can be proud that Al has been elected to both the House and the Senate,” Wolfe said.

Oklahoma media outlets reported that McAffrey was a leader on legislation supporting senior citizens, education issues and access to affordable health care.

He was also one of the state House’s most vocal critics against Republican Rep. Sally Kern and her anti-gay agenda.

The Senator’s constituency includes almost all of the metropolitan Oklahoma City area and with his election, the Democrats now have 16 seats in the state Senate. Currently the Republicans hold a 32-seat super-majority.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. hell yes! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:02pm
  2. So maybe they aren’t as bad as I thought!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:03pm
  3. 1up

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:03pm
  4. Come out, come out, where ever you are!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:07pm
  5. :D that is the best news i have heard in a long time <3

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:07pm
  6. Awsome!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:11pm
  7. Wow and here I thought Americans were all backwards rednecks

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:11pm
  8. OMG – Oklahoma??!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:17pm
  9. Congratulations!!! :-{P}

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:21pm
  10. Shocking to hear about Oklahoma hate it there but congrats!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:24pm
  11. good for Oklahoma….great statte!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:25pm
  12. Awesome Oklahoma

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:37pm
  13. TELL HIM TO STAY STRONG!!! i posted a comment on that page by the way. i’m behind him as an American 100% well done Senator!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 10:42pm
  14. Amazing! Never thought that would happen there

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:21pm
  15. Dr Phil is gay???

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:46pm
  16. Once you’ve got a musical written about you it’s only a matter of time!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:58pm
  17. ^lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 3:57am
  18. Good news and thanks: Rep Al McAffey! And thanks too to those who voted for him!

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:09am
  19. i voted for him met him in person great guy……

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:27am
  20. Oklahoma!!! Who would have thunk!

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:07pm
  21. Lived here most of my life, I’m shocked. Oklahoma is usually the last state to do anything.

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 2:54pm
  22. But, I approve.

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 2:55pm
  23. cool may be Arkansas will do the some thing and come in to the 21 centry

    Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 7:47pm