George Clayton says he’ll advocate for marriage equality in HD 102 race

George Clayton

George Clayton

Former State Board of Education member George Clayton plans to advocate for marriage equality if elected to represent North Texas’ House District 102, he announced Thursday.

Clayton, who announced earlier this year he’d be running as a Democrat instead of a Republican, was outed in a whisper campaign before losing his re-election bid to the State Board of Education last year.

While Clayton previously told Dallas Voice he didn’t want to be considered the “gay candidate,” his platform released Thursday lists gay marriage among his goals.

“I will introduce legislation that would prohibit all laws and ordinances, local or otherwise, that ban gay marriage,” Clayton said in a statement.  “It is time for Texas and Texans to move forward and depart from the fears and prejudices of the past and present. If this action cannot be done legislatively, then it will have to be accomplished in the courts. It is inevitable and those who oppose it might just as well prepare for it.”

State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, authored a marriage equality bill earlier this year. The bill would require two-thirds majority in each chamber in order to place the state’s constitutional marriage amendment back on the ballot for Texas voters to overturn.

Statewide advocacy group Equality Texas is launching a marriage project entitled Why Marriage Matters – Texas, which will focus on the importance of couples’ stories and how not having the freedom to marry has impacted them in the Lone Star State.

Clayton is the only Democrat in the HD 102 race. On the Republican side, state Rep. Stefani Carter, who was once considering a run for Railroad Commission, is facing three challengers, including former Dallas Councilwoman Linda Koop.  The district includes parts of North Dallas, Addison and Richardson.

Also listed among Clayton’s priorities would be the creation of a Texas Commission on Instruction and Curriculum and changes to the State Board of Education, including appointments by the governor, financial expertise and supervision on school funds and management.

—  Dallasvoice

Black gay Republican running for TX House on pro-life, gun-rights platform

Michael Cargill

Michael Cargill

In our story last week on out state House candidates, gay Republican Michael Cargill wasn’t mentioned.

Cargill, who’s running in the special election Nov. 5 to fill Mark Strama’s unexpired term, has been a business owner for 10 years. He currently owns Central Texas Gun Works in Austin.

He’s the only Republican who’s filed to run in the special election, and will be up against lesbian Democrat Celia Israel, among others. If he doesn’t win in November, he plans to run again in the Republican Primary and to seek the Victory Fund’s endorsement.

—  Dallasvoice

Houston Chronicle endorses lesbian House candidate Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson

Houston’s Ann Johnson received the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle on Monday.

Johnson, a Houston child advocacy attorney who is an out lesbian, faces Republican incumbent Sarah Davis, whom the Chronicle described as speaking about “politics with a fiery passion, but her passion often seems aimed more at Washington than Austin.”

The endorsement attributes Davis’ victory in the swing district of 134 to tea party turnout two years ago.

Johnson has highlighted the distinct differences between herself and tea party-backed Davis on issues like healthcare and education.

She (Davis) successfully navigated the minefield of wedge-issue votes that defined the previous legislative session — voting no on the sonogram bill, for example. But voters deserve a representative who doesn’t just avoid bad votes, but leads on good ones. We believe Democratic challenger Ann Johnson can be that sort of leader.

Read the full endorsement here.

—  Dallasvoice