You mean gay people really are like the rest of us?

The Myrtle Beach Sun News has an Associated Press article on North Carolina state Senator Julia Boseman (D-New Hanover), our state’s only openly gay or lesbian member of the General Assembly.

It is a great article, detailing Senator Boseman’s “normal” activity within the General Assembly… something which has gone against her opponents expectations.

Back when she ran for office in 2004, her Republican challenger said she would push a far-left agenda and fight for LGBT equality and marriage rights. Although the Senator has co-sponsored numerous bills which would help LGBT North Carolinians, she hasn’t introduced any (at least that I am aware of).

To the shock of many anti-gay, right-wing Republicans (and even Democrats, sad to say), Senator Boseman is just like any regular, ole’ legislator. I guess this might go to prove that LGBT people want the same things as everyone else, and gosh darnitt… we really are like ya’ll, too!

Here’s a little bit of the article:

Lesbian N.C. senator goes against opponents’ expectations
Associated Press, June 27, 2006

Raleigh, NC In 2004, the Republican Party predicted Democratic Sen. Julia Boseman’s sexual orientation would lead her to promote a left-wing agenda at the General Assembly.

Instead, GOP senators have complained that a bill she filed was too much like one filed by a Republican that would require school districts to set policies for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily at school.

Other bills Boseman has filed would let former drug addicts sue drug dealers and ban sales of violent video games.

“She’s been given a lot of bills – and the important word is given – for a freshman,” said Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, the Senate’s deputy Republican leader. “I haven’t seen many of them signed into law.”

Boseman, D-New Hanover, is the first openly homosexual member of the North Carolina Legislature. But she says she’s representing the citizens of New Hanover County and Wilmington, and is not on a personal crusade.

“This is not about representing me or representing some special cause,” Boseman said.

Her legislative efforts to pump state funds for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and expand tax credits for film making in the state apparently helped her to a 20th place ranking in effectiveness among the chamber’s 50 members, according to the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. The ranking is the highest that a female freshman has ever received and the second highest for any freshman.

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