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From The Washington Blade:
Gay groups cheer Va. elections
Defeat of Kilgore and anti-gay delegates seen as turning point
By EARTHA JANE MELZER
Friday, November 11, 2005
Gay groups across the political spectrum celebrated the results of Virginia’s Nov. 8 election. With the defeat of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore, and three staunchly anti-gay candidates for the House of Delegates, many say they sense the beginning of the end of agenda-setting by social conservatives in Virginia politics.
Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, solidly defeated Republican Jerry Kilgore 52 to 46 percent. Both candidates oppose gay marriage and civil unions, but Kaine backs workplace protection for gays and opposed the Marriage Affirmation Act, one of the country’s most strident laws stripping gay couples of legal protections.
“Jerry Kilgore ran a campaign that included gay bashing, immigrant bashing, and bashing Tim Kaine for his religious beliefs as a Catholic,” said Josh Israel, president of the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club. “His defeat is a sign that the politics of division are not the way to go.”
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