Three openly gay candidates are vying for a seat on the Indianapolis City-County Council.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the three candidates are breaking ground in a state with only a handful of openly gay elected officials, none of whom are serving on the council.

Zach Adamson is considered the likeliest to win. He has the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group dedicated to supporting openly gay candidates. Adamson, the owner of a downtown hair salon, is running for an at-large seat on the council against three Democrats.

The 40-year-old Adamson told the paper that his sexual orientation was irrelevant: “There aren't a lot of gay potholes. We don't have gay or lesbian parking meters. I'm focusing on the issues that are impacting people on a daily basis.”

Attorneys Todd Woodmansee, 38, and Jackie Leigh Butler, 55, are looking at a steeper incline because they face Republican incumbents.

Woodmansee said there had been little discussion during the campaign about the fact that he's gay.

“The historical significance of it is the fact that it doesn't matter,” he said. “We can have people running regardless of what their sexual orientation is, regardless of what their race is and regardless of what their religion is. It's a really welcome sign that Indianapolis is an inclusive city.”

Butler said her partner, Dawn, and her 8-year-old son, Will, had accompanied her as she canvassed neighborhoods with just one bad encounter.

Councilwoman Ginny Cain, Butler's Republican opponent, has previously been quoted as saying that homosexuality is “an unhealthy chosen addiction.”