Ron Galperin has become the first openly gay candidate to win a citywide election in Los Angeles, the second-largest city in America. Galperin won his race for city controller. Another gay candidate, Mitch O'Farrell, was elected to the L.A. City Council. "They are committed public servants with deep experience in municipal issues, and they will both be strong voices for LGBT Angelenos," said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund.
Chris Anderson has become the first openly LGBT elected official in Chattanooga, Tenn., having won a seat on the City Council this week. "This is ... a huge victory for the LGBT community in southeast Tennessee, who finally have an authentic voice for equality in government," said Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe.
An analysis of exit polling from the 2012 elections finds that opposition to allowing same-sex couples to legally marry is increasingly concentrated in narrow slices of the electorate, most notably older people, white evangelicals and non-college-educated whites. "A much broader and more diverse majority are ready to let same-sex couples marry," according to Joel Benenson and Jan van Lohuizen, pollsters for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, respectively.
U.S. companies are supporting efforts to win legal recognition of married same-sex couples in part because of the administrative complexities involved in maintaining different payroll and benefits rules for gay and straight married couples, according to this
The FBI will look into the recent murder of Marco McMillian, an openly gay man who was running for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., when he was killed. FBI officials will try to find evidence that the murder was a hate crime under federal law. Mississippi's hate crimes laws do not extend to crimes related to a victim's sexual orientation.