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Jackie Biskupski, Utah's Last Openly Gay Lawmaker, Resigns

Utah Rep. Jackie Biskupski, the state's only openly gay legislator, is resigning, after buying a home outside her district where she wants to raise her adopted son, the AP reports:

Biskupski Biskupski faced an onslaught of fliers attacking her sexual orientation when she first ran for the Utah House in 1998.

The Democrat won her district in the heart of Salt Lake City — one of the most liberal in the state — by an almost 2-to-1 margin but still faced opposition in the Legislature, where she said some lawmakers "couldn't even look me in the eye."

The Daily Herald adds:

Biskupski is the third openly gay state legislator to resign from the Legislature in as many years. Sen. Scott McCoy, D-Salt Lake City, resigned in 2009 and Rep. Christine Johnson, D-Salt Lake City, left her job in May 2010. With Biskupski's resignation, there are currently no openly gay members serving in Utah's Legislature.

Biskupski will continue to live in Salt Lake City and is considering a run for mayor in 2015.

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  1. Utah is a creepy place for anyone who's not white and Mormon. I get the willies whenever I'm there.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 14, 2011 11:44:07 AM

  2. What is going on there? She is quitting because she is moving out of her district? There was nothing available in her district? Smells fishy to me.

    Posted by: lessthan | Jun 14, 2011 12:20:30 PM

  3. I get that being an out politician in Utah must be hard. But three in three years?

    Posted by: BobN | Jun 14, 2011 3:58:03 PM

  4. This is why Utah is known as 'the Afghanistan of North America'.

    Posted by: Dean | Jun 14, 2011 7:05:17 PM

  5. That legislature must be like the high school from hell.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jun 14, 2011 9:31:16 PM

  6. @Steve: So, you've never been to Salt Lake, which is the area we're actually talking about here (note that all three gay representatives are Democrats from the rather liberal capital city.) No, actually, I'm guessing you've never been here at all, but just like to put in your two cents on things you know nothing about.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jun 15, 2011 12:54:13 AM

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