(CNSNews.com) - The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, a national organization that supports openly homosexual candidates for public office, Wednesday reported it had helped secure nominations for 10 candidates in the Sept. 10 primaries, including the first homosexual Native American candidate for the Arizona Legislature.
Peter LaBarbera, a senior policy analyst with the Culture and Family Institute, an affiliate of Concerned Women for America, warned that people who run for office as homosexuals usually promote a homosexual agenda if elected.
"Very few people who are openly homosexual in office, especially if they've been aligned with these gay groups, behave like it's a non-issue," LaBarbera said.
"All the gay politicians who have been outed or are out, usually become gay activist politicians. It becomes a point of activism and pride for them and they end up promoting the agenda, which is promoting the acceptance of homosexuality as normal, and legal gay adoption, and gay so-called marriage."
LaBarbera cited as an example Rep. Jim Kolby (R-Ariz.), an openly homosexual congressman, whom LaBarbera said attaches his name to a lot of homosexual activist legislation.
Homosexual candidates claimed many a win yesterday, according to the Victory Fund.
Jack Jackson Jr., a Navajo Indian, claimed the Democratic nomination Tuesday in Arizona for a state House seat and because the Second District is in Flagstaff and heavily Democratic, Jackson is "expected to win in November," the Victory Fund reported.
In the 15th District in Phoenix, Democratic state House candidate Wally Straughn is one of the top two finishers in the primary, allowing him access to the November ballot, according to the Victory Fund.
The group also reported that Arizona Republican state House Member Steve May, an openly homosexual Army reservist who made headlines in 1999 in a challenge to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, "appears poised" to claim one of two nominations in the newly created 11th state House District with absentee ballots still to be counted. May was redistricted out of his 26th district seat.
In the District of Columbia, Republican David Catania and Democrat Jim Graham secured their parties' nominations for re-election to the City Council; both are expected to win in November.
In Maryland's District 18, Democrat Rich Madaleno secured one of three nominations available and "is set to become the first openly gay man in the Maryland legislature in November," the Victory Fund reported.
Maggie McIntosh, the majority leader in Maryland's Democratic-controlled House, was the top vote getter in her Baltimore district and is favored for re-election in November, the Victory Fund said.
In Minnesota, Scott Dibble won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination for a state Senate seat representing Minneapolis and is strongly favored to win in November. If elected, he would be the state's second openly homosexual state senator, Victory Fund reported.
In New York, Danny O'Donnell, brother of television talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell, won the Democratic nomination in an eight-way primary for the 69th District House seat in the state Assembly and is expected to win in November "because of the district's overwhelmingly Democratic registration," Victory Fund reported.
In Rhode Island, David Cicilline won a four-way Democratic primary race for mayor of Providence. Since Providence is heavily Democratic, it could become the largest city in America with an openly homosexual mayor, Victory Fund said.
In Wisconsin, Tim Carpenter secured the Democratic nomination for a state Senate seat representing Milwaukee and is favored to win in November. If elected, he would be the state's first openly homosexual senator, Victory Fund said.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, whose endorsements cross party lines, claims it has helped to quadruple the number of openly homosexual officeholders since its founding in 1991. The group also reports it raised more than $3 million for its candidates.
The group also has been increasing its political clout. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) is scheduled to take part in a political fundraiser sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund on Sept. 18 in Washington.
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