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New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and faces GOP challenger Joe Osgood this November.

If elected, Pierce would be the first openly LGBT candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman.

David Pierce

Two other gay state senators came out while in office, but none are currently serving.

“We’re working to make sure every state legislative chamber has at least one openly LGBT voice–someone who can speak authentically about our lives when it matters most,” said Tiffany Muller, vice president of political operations at the Victory Fund, which endorsed Pierce.

In Delaware, two Victory Fund-endorsed candidates for the state legislature won competitive Democratic primaries on Tuesday.

Andy Stanton

Both could become the first openly LGBT candidates to win election to the state legislature if they also defeat general election opponents this November. Andy Staton (pictured) is seeking a seat in the Delaware Senate, while Marie Mayor is running for State House seat.

“We’re thrilled for Marie and Andy tonight, and we look forward to standing with them over the next seven weeks,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. ”Delaware could finally get its first openly gay state lawmakers, and that’s an important step toward achieving full equality.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Pierce faced no opponent in November.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. NEW HAMPSHIRE??? damn, that came outta left field! WTGO!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:14pm
  2. Awesome !

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:14pm
  3. Actually, if you remember, the NH Chik-Fil-A was the one to participate in a Pride Parade as a sponsor, so I don’t think this is totally out of left field.

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:15pm
  4. not surprising……its New England. they are typically way ahead of the rest of the nation when it comes to equal rights and support for the LGBT Community ;)

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:16pm
  5. Congrats to Delaware and their new senator. I can just hear the right wings nuts going on with “Ii’s a conspiracy to take over the nation!!!! #$%#$” I think it’s projection. If the right wing are working to take over USA in their minds so is everyone else.

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6:03pm
  6. Congrats to the new senator! Thank you LGBTQ Nation!

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6:55pm
  7. It’s about time.

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:08pm
  8. OMG, NH has been electing openly-straight politicians for years! As well as those who were gay & had to hide it.

    Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:44pm
  9. Yay, David! A great man, father, and friend!

    Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 4:00am