The State of the States
Gallagher, John, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Gay and lesbian politicians hope to win a record number of seats in state legislatures
Change usually comes in small increments, but this year's election offers the chance to push the number of openly gay elected officials to a new height. Seats in many state legislatures are up for grabs--and with them, the direction of gay issues in those states. Here is a rundown of some of the key races featuring gay candidates seeking election--or reelection--to state legislatures.
Steve May (R), state house of representatives. May, a first lieutenant in the Army reserves, is expected to get an honorable discharge--recommended by an Army panel in September--for violating "don't ask, don't tell" by talking about his orientation in a house debate last year.
Jackie Goldberg (D), state assembly. Goldberg is a Los Angeles city councilwoman.
Christine Kehoe (D), state assembly. Kehoe, a member of the San Diego city council, lost a bid for Congress two years ago.
Sheila Kuehl (D), state senate. Kuehl, a state assemblywoman, would be the first out lesbian in the California senate.
Patrick Flaherty (D), state house of representatives. …