Bittersweet good news

Florida just might break through one of its prejudices before long. The bittersweet part of it is that its taken so long.

Broward voters could send the Florida's first openly gay legislator to Tallahassee in this year's elections.

Mark LaFontaine is one of four candidates who have declared their intentions to run in District 92, which takes in Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lazy Lake, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach and Wilton Manors.

Numbers crunchers involved in his campaign estimate that 24 percent of he district's population is gay, the highest in the state.

The incumbent, state Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Wilton Manors, can't seek re-election because of term limits.
It's good news that this is likely to happen--it's not a sure thing, but Lafontaine has to like his chances in this area--but it's sad that we're in 2008 and Florida has never had an openly gay state legislator. For my purposes, legislators who have been outed by being busted in a men's room in the park offering to blow a police officer don't count.

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