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Santa Fe Elects First Openly Gay Mayor

New Mexico's capital city has elected its first openly gay mayor. On Tuesday, Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe by a wide margin, taking in more than 43 percent of the vote.

JaviergonzalesThe Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

Gonzales made history as the city’s first openly gay mayor and will preside over a City Council on which two of the eight members are openly gay women — mayoral opponent Patti Bushee and newly elected Signe Lindell.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, this was also a first for the state: 

In what almost certainly a first in New Mexico, two of the mayoral candidates were openly gay — [Patti] Bushee has been “out” since before she entered public life two decades ago and Gonzales declared he was gay last year.

Their sexual orientation wasn’t an issue, at least publicly. While Bushee and Gonzales fought over issues like commitment to Santa Fe’s local “living wage” of $10.66 and hour, and there were ethics complaints filed against each of them (both ruled unfounded by the city’s ethics board), Dimas stayed quietly out of the fray, bypassing public candidate forums and staking out more conservative positions.

Gonzales, a Democrat, will be inaugurated into his new post on Monday.

Watch Gonzales and his supporters celebrate his win, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Great. I hope one day soon being straight or gay isn't important to mention anymore, we all are equal and the best will be selected, gay or straight. But congratulations.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Mar 6, 2014 10:47:36 AM

  2. Congratulations Santa Fe. Well done Javier.

    Posted by: Rupert | Mar 6, 2014 10:52:32 AM

  3. Good! God bless him! And may he prosper!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 6, 2014 11:29:57 AM

  4. Oh, great, now I can't that song out of my head.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 6, 2014 3:32:52 PM

  5. Cool!

    Posted by: reality | Mar 6, 2014 5:55:47 PM

  6. Why don't you report important facts, like is he single? And does Santa Fe reimburse relocation expenses for Mayoral Spouse Wannabees?

    Posted by: CatLick | Mar 6, 2014 10:44:08 PM

  7. This is fantastic. It helps visibility for all LGBT! Congrats!

    Posted by: Jordan | Mar 7, 2014 2:20:27 PM

  8. What a wonderful man. I hope he remains compassionate and mindful of the gay community as he serves al New Mexico residents.

    Posted by: Klien | Mar 7, 2014 2:20:57 PM

  9. It's important to mention we're gay because we're still BRUTALLY attacked, oppressed, suppressed and marganlized for it even in big cities like NEW YORK. So we're not in some post homophobic society where it doesn't matter.

    And going back in the closet and not daring mention we're gay creates a 1950s form of invisibility for our social movement

    Posted by: Two Dads | Mar 7, 2014 2:22:36 PM

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