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Lesbian sheriff advances in Texas gubernatorial race after primary


More recently, Abbott signed into law a “religious freedom” bill allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placement into LGBT homes and called for a special session of the Texas legislature for the sole purpose of passing an anti-transgender ...


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Sheriff Lupe Valdez will proceed to a run-off in the Texas gubernatorial election(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)Out lesbian and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is one of two Democrats running for governor in Texas able to advance to a run-off after a strong showing in the state’s primary election. Valdez secured 42.9 percent of the vote in a face-off among nine candidatesAlthough she obtained a plurality of the vote, it wasn’t enough for her to secure the Democratic nomination The former sheriff will go head-to-head in a run-off set for May 22 with Andrew White, the son of a former governor of Texas who’s also seeking the Democratic nominationWhite obtained 27.4 percent of the vote in the primary. The winner of the run-off will obtain the Democratic nomination and run in the general election against incumbent Texas GovGreg Abbott, who easily obtained the Republican nomination to run for re-election Abbott has built an anti-LGBT recordAn opponent of same-sex marriage who’s said “marriage was defined by God,” Abbott pressured the Texas Supreme Court to take up a case against same-sex spousal benefits for Houston city employees despite the U.SSupreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equalityThe justices handed down a ruling questioning whether the decision applies to those benefits despite explicit wording in the Obergefell decision. More recently, Abbott signed into law a “religious freedom” bill allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placement into LGBT homes and called for a special session of the Texas legislature for the sole purpose of passing an anti-transgender bathroom billThe attempt to pass anti-trans legislation in Texas was ultimately thwarted. Valdez wasn’t the only openly LGBT candidate seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor in TexasAlso in the mix was Dallas business person Jeffrey Payne, but he only obtained 4.8 percent support in the primary and won’t proceed to the run-off.

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