In what is being described as a first,
both candidates vying for a Colorado senate seat – Pat Steadman and
Michael Carr – are openly gay.
Democratic Senator Steadman has
represented the people of Colorado's 31st district, which
includes parts of Denver, since 2009. He has unsuccessfully carried
legislation which would legalize civil unions in Colorado.
Carr is also openly gay and running
with the blessing of the Colorado Republican Party.
website states that Carr is pro-equality: “I will support equal
protection under the law for all Coloradans, regardless of their
race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.”
Nic Garcia of gay rights advocate
OutFront Colorado labeled the race a win, no matter which candidate
“If you don't support Carr or the
GOP, that's fine. Don't vote for him,” Garcia
wrote. “[But] I can sleep easily at night knowing no matter
who wins the state Senate 31 race, I'll be represented by an
out-and-proud gay man.”