Arizona chooses gay leaders

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Two openly LGBT candidates have won congregational primaries in Arizona. They will make history if elected. Democrat and former state lawmaker Matt Heinz defeated rival Victoria Steele, and will challenge Republican Martha McSally in November for the 2nd congressional district seat. In the first district, out Republican Paul Babeu knocked out four rivals for the right to take on Democrat Tom O’Halleran. Babeau is a local sheriff who thinks marriage equality should be left up to individual states and has made a crackdown of illegal immigration a major issue in the campaign.

Heinz, a physician, is making his second run for national office after failing to win Gabby Giffords seat. He outlined his campaign agenda for the general election Tuesday night: “Martha McSally has voted multiple times against funding Planned Parenthood, or has voted multiple times against equal pay for women or voted against protecting LGBT people in the workplace,” Heinz said. “Those are not the values that are consistent with Southern Arizona.”

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