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June 18, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Tammy Baldwin: First openly gay U.S. Senator?

For well over a year, Wisconsin had a governor in the national spotlight. Come this November, the state will feature another candidate who will be a national symbol: Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat in the House of Representatives, will attempt to become the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history. 

Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

U.S. House Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) could become the first woman Senator for Wisconsin, and also the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history (Photo courtesy Tammy Baldwin Facebook).

MILWAUKEE — In the midst of Gay Pride Month, the politics of sexual identity have filled local and national news. In Washington state, Referendum 74 gained enough signatures to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in November. Nationally, the Pentagon announced they would observe gay pride month for the first time.

But come November, gay-rights activists and allies may break out their pride parade floats for another round of celebration: Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat in the House of Representatives, will attempt to become the first openly gay Senator in U.S. history.

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