January’s inaugural events saw the number of openly gay or lesbian persons to the United States House of Representatives increase to three. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, joining U.S. Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barney Frank (D-Mass.); both Baldwin and Frank were re-elected to the House.
Polis has been an outspoken advocate for a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and a critic of the war in Iraq.
Strong allies of the GLBT community also scored important victories on Election Day. In Colorado’s District 4, Betsy Markey defeated incumbent Marilyn Musgrave. Markey is an outspoken supporter of equal rights, including a fully inclusive ENDA. Musgrave, the author of the Federal Marriage Amendment, was considered the most vocal antigay member of the House. – by Nancy Ford