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Gay candidates get support that causes may not

(HOUSTON) — When an openly gay woman won the mayor’s race here this month, it was the latest in a string of victories by gay candidates across the country, a trend that seems to contradict the bans on same-sex marriage that have been passed in most states in recent years.

In 2005, Texas, arguably one of the most conservative red states, enacted a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Yet in the last decade, an openly gay woman has twice won election as Sheriff in Dallas County, another openly gay woman was elected District Attorney in Travis County, and now the Mayor of Houston.

Gay candidates have also won city council seats in Austin, Fort Worth and Houston. Read the full commentary on The New York Times website: