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Gays, God, the GOP (and pot) in heated Ga. congressional race

Doug Collins and Martha Zoller

Outside the fairly safe bubble of Atlanta, gay people are often demonized and looked down on, especially by political candidates who want to show voters how conservative and godly they are. And this year is no exception.

State Rep. Doug Collins and conservative talk-show radio host Martha Zoller are in a fierce runoff race for the newly drawn 9th Congressional District in very conservative North Georgia. They face off again on Aug. 21 after neither gathered the 50 percent plus 1 vote needed to avoid the runoff in the July 31 primary.

Collins continues to peck at Zoller over a past statement she made that she supported civil unions. Zoller continues to deny this. Thanks to Peach Pundit, we are privy to a video the Collins campaign has put out hammering his belief that Zoller wants nothing more than all gay people to get married, which goes against God and nature, of course.

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Election reshapes gay caucus in Ga. legislature

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Three out of four openly gay incumbents in the Georgia General Assembly proved victorious in the July 31 primary, while gay challengers in contested races were less successful. A lesbian attorney also won a seat on the Fulton County State Court in the July 31 vote.

Rep. Karla Drenner, Georgia's first openly gay state legislator, was unopposed for reelection in House District 86.

Rep. Simone Bell, the first openly lesbian African-American state legislator in the nation, came out on top in the Democratic primary for State House District 58.

With 95.83 percent of precincts reporting, Bell had 58.84 percent of the vote, compared to 41.16 percent for Rep. Ralph Long, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County election office.