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Murray Poised to Become Seattle's First Openly Gay Mayor
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/13
Last updated on: 11/05/13
 
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Ed Murray.

In the election of November 5, 2013, Ed Murray is expected to coast to a decisive victory in his bid to become Seattle's first openly gay mayor. Murray, who was the chief sponsor of Washington's marriage equality bill that became law when it was approved state-wide in a November 2012 referendum, is Washington's Senate Majority Leader, a position to which he was elected by acclamation soon after the November election. He served eleven years in the state House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in 2006. He has made his commitment to equal rights a cornerstone of his campaign for mayor.

In a story about the campaign for mayor of Seattle in the New York Times, Kirk Johnson notes that a recent poll has Murray leading incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn by 17 percentage points.

Johnson also notes that Murray may be benefiting from his sexual orientation. Not only does Seattle now surpass San Francisco in having the highest percentage of same-sex households among big cities in the nation--2.61 percent, compared with 2.46 in San Francisco--according to census figures, but Seattle also voted voted overwhelmingly in favor of the marriage equality bill.

Murray's first campaign ad introduced Murray walking with his husband Michael Shiosaki. The men were wed on August 10, 2013 in a traditional Episcopal ceremony at St. Mark's Cathedral near their home in Seattle's Capitol Hill district.

Murray's final campaign ad also closes with the same image of the two men walking together.

As Johnson describes the final television advertisement, "The ad features a parade of supporters not so subtly answering a question about their belief in Mr. Murray and the city's future under his leadership with the repeated refrain, 'I do.' The ad's final scene: a lesbian marriage."

Below is Murray's first campaign ad.

Below is Murray's final campaign ad.

 
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