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Rainbow Wave In Connecticut: GOP Fields 6 LGBTQ Candidates For Legislature In General Election

Rainbow Wave In Connecticut: GOP Fields 6 LGBTQ Candidates For Legislature In General Election

Shortly after Ken Richards announced he was running for state representative, the 35-year-old gay Republican from Groton had an unsettling encounter with an old friend.

“He literally said to me, ‘I can't believe as a homosexual man you’re going to run for a party and then vote to take your own rights away,’’’ said Richards, the married father of a 4-year-old son and the foster parent of an infant. “I have some socially progressive LGBT friends who say there is no way I should do this.”

Richards is one of six openly gay Republicans running this year for seats in the General Assembly, a record for a party that currently has no openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender...

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