Florida has elected its first openly gay candidate to the Florida Legislature. David Richardson defeated three other Democrats during Tuesday’s Primary, and is unopposed in the general election. And, he says while he plans to advocate for gay issues, Richardson says he intends to be more than what he calls “the gay legislator.”
“I didn’t want anyone to vote for me because I’m gay and I didn’t want anyone to not vote for me because I’m gay. I just wanted people to look at my record and that’s exactly what happened,” said Richardson.
An apology made to the gay rights community is the latest in the controversy between Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll and her former staffer. Carroll’s apology stems from a comment she made more than two weeks ago that some thought implied black lesbians aren’t attractive. She made the remark while trying to defend herself against claims that she and a female aide were caught in “a compromising position.”