Finally! An Arizona lawmaker saying something that makes us want to stand up and cheer!
State Senator Steve Gallardo announced this week that he’s gay. And it was the abhorrent discrimination bill that his colleagues passed that made him decide to come out!
Gallardo had argued against SB 1062, which would have made it legal for business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers, so long as they asserted their religious beliefs as reason.
Luckily that legislation died at the stroke of Governor Jan Brewer’s pen. But Gallardo knew now was the time to stand up and speak his own truth about who he was.
"I wanted to let everyone know I am gay, I'm a Latino and I'm a state senator and it's OK. It dawned on me that this bill affects me directly, and seeing all the people come to the Capitol protesting and rallying around this bill solidified my thought and that it's time for me to stand up and say, 'This is who I am.’”
The 45-year-old politician is now running for Arizona’s open U.S. House seat in Phoenix’s 7th Congressional District!
We’re rooting for you, Steve! And congratz on coming out!
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