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West Virginia elects first openly gay state legislator

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Stephen Skinner tonight has become the first openly gay candidate to win election to the West Virginia state legislature.

Stephen Skinner

A native of the state, Skinner was the founder and board president of Fairness West Virginia, the statewide LGBT advocacy group.

“This is a big step forward for West Virginia, and we could not be prouder of Stephen’s accomplishment,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Skinner.

Skinner is one candidate among a handful who could become their state’s first or only openly LGBT lawmakers tonight.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Yes we did!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:21pm
  2. This country is moving in a positive direction. Lets keep it up

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:21pm
  3. Amen!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:21pm
  4. Born and raised in WV. Burying my grandmother there this weekend. Sad for my loss, but happy for their future. Thank you, West Virginia.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:23pm
  5. Awesome.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:27pm
  6. hopefully the fact that one is gay will eventually become a non issue…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:27pm
  7. nice! the world is changing !

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:30pm
  8. <3

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:33pm
  9. Lets wake up to the new era and not the dark age . Who we love is our given rights .

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:33pm
  10. West Virginia even!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:44pm
  11. Congrats, WV!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:59pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:09am
  14. Congratulations !!!
    From Wisconsin

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:29am
  15. This one of the rare occasions where I take pride in being West Virginian.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 2:47am
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