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Three lesbian representatives return to Ga. General Assembly

It was a great Election Day for LGBT equality across the nation, but in the red state of Georgia there is still much work to be done to move forward.

Lesbian candidates ruled the night in Georgia. State Rep. Simone Bell (D-Atlanta) easily coasted to victory Nov. 6 by defeating Republican challenger Earl Cooper to retain her District 58 seat.

State Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) and state Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta), both openly gay, return to the House after having no challengers in the general election. Drenner represents District 85 and will serve her seventh term in the legislature. Waites represents District 60 and will serve her first full term after winning a special election in February.

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Election: A gay man in the Ga. General Assembly?

Tim Riley running for state senate

There will be at least four openly gay candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot, but only one faces opposition.

The Georgia General Assembly currently has two openly gay members: State Reps. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) and Simone Bell (D-Atlanta). Both are unopposed on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The state legislature had never had an openly gay man as a member, but one candidate hopes to change that.