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Gays elevate party identity



For years, most campaigning Democrats have held Florida's gay community at arm's length, acknowledging common interests privately but rarely publicly.

On Saturday night, several leading Democrats running for state office spoke, patted shoulders and shook hands with more than 100 gay Democrats on a fourth floor roof of the Doubletree Hotel, signaling a modest change in the way Democratic candidates are treating the state's gay community.

A poolside cocktail hour sponsored by the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Democratic Caucus, drew both Democratic gubernatorial candidates, state Sen. Rod Smith of Alachua and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa. They spoke in support of less controversial gay rights issues without mentioning measures to ban gay marriages and civil unions. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 3:07pm]


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