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Dallas could elect its first gay mayor
Associated Press ^ | June 4, 2007 | Jeff Carlton

Posted on 06/04/2007 2:29:11 PM PDT by Zakeet

This conservative metropolis could become the nation's largest city to elect an openly gay mayor if a longtime city council member wins a runoff election later this month.

Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity. The city is already home to several gay elected officials, including the sheriff.

"Dallas is less and less the Dallas that people think it is," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. "And Dallas is less and less the Dallas that it used to be."

In the mayoral race, Oakley and former construction company CEO Tom Leppert emerged from a crowded 11-candidate field that included another openly gay man and a transgendered woman. Oakley and Leppert will be the only candidates in the June 16 runoff.

But if Oakley, 54, is on the edge of history, he doesn't talk about it. His sexuality hasn't figured prominently in the campaign. Oakley said his internal polling showed it had little impact on voters.

"I have never made this an issue, a part of what I am or who I am or what I have done to represent the community," said Oakley, a small business owner.

Dallas, with a population of 1.2 million, is home to a growing gay community with an estimated 120,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered households.

The city has nondiscrimination policies covering sexual orientation and gender identity and offers health insurance to the domestic partners of city employees, measures praised as progressive by local gay-rights activists.

"I think some people don't realize that Dallas is very diverse: economically, ethnically, culturally," said Pete Webb, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dallas; election; fabulous; gay; homosexualagenda; isntthatspecial; texasliberals
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1 posted on 06/04/2007 2:29:13 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Dallas hasn’t been conservative for quite a few years: most of the conservatives moved to the outlying communities.


2 posted on 06/04/2007 2:30:51 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Zakeet
BS - Dallas is not conservative. It’s a city that speaks Ebonics and has open boarder rallies. It’s everything outside of Austin and Dallas that’s conservative.
3 posted on 06/04/2007 2:32:12 PM PDT by Red6 (Come and take it.)
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To: Zakeet

For a minute I thought it was going to be Troy Aikman.


4 posted on 06/04/2007 2:33:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Theodore R.
...most of the conservatives moved to the outlying communities.

The same, unfortunately, could be said of most major cities today...

5 posted on 06/04/2007 2:33:55 PM PDT by GoldCountryRedneck ("Why canít we start solving the problem by breaking up Big Government?"- MortMan)
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To: Zakeet; Theodore R.; Clintonfatigued; JohnnyZ; AuH2ORepublican; Clemenza; Kuksool
"Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity."

More like giving way to madness. The rodents swept Dallas County last November, and if that holds, the county will have officially jumped the shark. This fella looks like Paul Lynde's cousin.

6 posted on 06/04/2007 2:34:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: Zakeet

I wonder what the gay sheriff looks like? Can he lead his officers? And in what direction? I wouldn’t like to be in the locker room with him, if I were a police officer.


7 posted on 06/04/2007 2:35:23 PM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: Theodore R.

Wasn’t the line from Full Metal Jacket by the DI R. Lee Ermey? “Only steers and queers come from Texas, son - and I don’t see any horns on your head”.


8 posted on 06/04/2007 2:36:37 PM PDT by Howard Jarvis Admirer (Howard Jarvis, the foe of the tax collector and friend of the California homeowner)
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To: Zakeet
What do you expect? It’s Texas. Let's hope they slide off that into The Gulf of Mexico </californiabasher >
9 posted on 06/04/2007 2:37:35 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (When toilet paper is a luxury, you have achieved communism.)
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To: Theodore R.

One of the guys on another political board who always help me fight off the liberals is openly gay. He’s very libertarian on social issues, and very conservative on issues of taxation, regulation, and environment.

Shrug

I’d rather have a gay business owner elected mayor than any sort of socialist.


11 posted on 06/04/2007 2:37:46 PM PDT by AntiFed
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To: Zakeet
Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity.

What an blatantly biased statement. The AP makes it sound as if diversity is dependent on openness to homosexuality. Give me a break.

12 posted on 06/04/2007 2:39:38 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Theodore R.

“Dallas hasn’t been conservative for quite a few years: most of the conservatives moved to the outlying communities.”

Yep. Or Highland/University Park. Or Ft. Worth.

DISD is one of the biggest liberal cesspools in the country.


13 posted on 06/04/2007 2:40:03 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: MondoQueen

The sheriff is a she. Lupe Valdez.


14 posted on 06/04/2007 2:40:31 PM PDT by kkalman
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To: MondoQueen
I wonder what the gay sheriff looks like?

Like Clay Aiken with a cowboy hat.

15 posted on 06/04/2007 2:40:50 PM PDT by quark
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To: Zakeet
11-candidate field that included another openly gay man and a transgendered woman

.................................

Dosn’t that show that gays are in the political arena in disproportionate numbers ? Are are a 1/4 of the voters in Dallas gay?

16 posted on 06/04/2007 2:41:07 PM PDT by THEUPMAN (####### comment deleted by moderator)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

You shut your mouth when your talking about Aikman!


17 posted on 06/04/2007 2:41:33 PM PDT by nativist (Weigh into them!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
For a minute I thought it was going to be Troy Aikman.

I think Aikman's wife (who is female) would take offense to that remark.

18 posted on 06/04/2007 2:43:16 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Red6
Houston is about the same.

At least the Democrat mayor we have now is far better than the Democrat moron before him.

19 posted on 06/04/2007 2:43:47 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Zakeet
what exactly is a "gender identity nondiscrimination policy"?
Does that mean in Dallas if I have a Y chromosome and certain *ahem* body parts but say I'm a woman, then to the city I'm a woman (and vice-versa)?
20 posted on 06/04/2007 2:44:15 PM PDT by verum ago (The Iranian Space Agency: set phasers to jihad!)
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To: Zakeet

He’d still be an improvement over Laura Miller, not that’s saying much.

Ron Kirk starts to look pretty good after awhile.


21 posted on 06/04/2007 2:46:05 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“For a minute I thought it was going to be Troy Aikman”

Yeah, those 3 Super Bowl Rings and the Hall of Fame Bust are pretty gay too.
Keep hatin’ on the Cowboys, I’ll be laughing in Febuary when they win an unprecedented 6th Super Bowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


22 posted on 06/04/2007 2:47:52 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: AntiFed

What’s the difference..?


23 posted on 06/04/2007 2:49:53 PM PDT by JSDude1 (www.pence08.com.)
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To: Theodore R.

Dallas has always been little New York.


24 posted on 06/04/2007 2:50:29 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: Zakeet
...is giving way to more diversity.



DID SOMEONE SAY D I V E R S I T Y ???


25 posted on 06/04/2007 2:51:57 PM PDT by M203M4 (Vote Fruity Giuliani or the terrists will win! Abortion & gun control = price for freedumb!)
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To: MondoQueen
I wonder what the gay sheriff looks like? Can he lead his officers?

What would you guess a lesbian sheriff would look like. I understand that she doesn't show up for work very often. Even the liberal press talks about how poorly the jail system rates.

26 posted on 06/04/2007 2:55:08 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: dfwgator

Remember, she was already employed by the team when the marriage was confected.


27 posted on 06/04/2007 2:58:22 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: dfwgator

Laura Miller is one of the worst mayors in history. Of course the city of Arlington is glad that she was mayor of Dallas. As for Oakley, I didn’t know anything about him other than the fact that he has been running some of the most negative ads about Leppert of any campaign ad I have ever seen (and after the Ann Richards vs Mark White vs Bob Bullock democrat primary back in the late 80’s that is saying something).


28 posted on 06/04/2007 2:58:31 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: ElkGroveDan

Houston would go first.


29 posted on 06/04/2007 3:00:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity."

Well, at least he's not a porn star.

/sarc

It's amazing to me that the "gays" have to publicize their sex lives. You don't hear normal people going around or campaigning for office as "openly heterosexual". Their sexuality simply isn't an issue at all.

30 posted on 06/04/2007 3:02:33 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: PAR35

” I understand that she doesn’t show up for work very often.” (If I knew how to put these quotes in italics, I’d do it!)

That must be demoralizing for the officers. All in the interest of “diversity”, I suppose. That’s why the democrats have put up Hillary (a woman) and Barak (a Muslim).


31 posted on 06/04/2007 3:02:37 PM PDT by MondoQueen
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To: Zakeet

God should judge us harshly.


32 posted on 06/04/2007 3:02:42 PM PDT by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
For a minute I thought it was going to be Troy Aikman.

Skip? Skip Bayless, zat you?

33 posted on 06/04/2007 3:06:26 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Disambiguator; Clintonfatigued; Theodore R.; JohnnyZ

Well, the diversity line is PC bull$hit. Real diversity to any of our major cities would be Republican Mayors. As far as I know about Dallas, it has only had 1 GOP Mayor in a century, and that was former Congressman Steve Bartlett who served a single term from 1991-95. Electing another rodent is merely business as usual, whether they pack fudge, eat clams, or whatever else.


34 posted on 06/04/2007 3:07:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: texgal
God should judge us harshly.

Judging by the way the Texas Rangers are playing this year, he already has.

35 posted on 06/04/2007 3:09:30 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: kkalman
The sheriff is a she. Lupe Valdez.

Don't confuse the homophobes on this board with the facts! LOL

36 posted on 06/04/2007 3:18:53 PM PDT by vox humana
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To: Zakeet

“...that Dallas’ reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more DECADENCE.”


37 posted on 06/04/2007 3:21:15 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA EST!)
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To: Howard Jarvis Admirer
“’Only steers and queers come from THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS”
Not the state as a whole! Get it right, you dumb Yankee!
38 posted on 06/04/2007 3:24:35 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA EST!)
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To: Zakeet
"Big D"

"Big Disgrace"
39 posted on 06/04/2007 3:26:58 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's like people who hate corn bread and hate anchovies, but love cornchovie bread.)
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To: MondoQueen
I wonder what the gay sheriff looks like? Can he lead his officers?

Sheriff Lupe Valdez
40 posted on 06/04/2007 3:28:43 PM PDT by deport ( Cue Spooky Music...)
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To: vox humana
“Don’t confuse the homophobes on this board...”

I seriously doubt anyone here is afraid of a homosexual;

DISGUST AND REVULSION ARE NOT FEAR!

41 posted on 06/04/2007 3:32:46 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA EST!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

My 30 year old son and I where in Sundance Square in Fort Worth yesterday checking out lofts for him - needs to be closer to work - this kid is as straight as an arrow but also very handsome - the gay guys where openly eyeing him with me walking right next to him !!!! Downtown Fort Worth !!!!! We where both so disgusted we started looking elsewhere for a new place for him. Couldn’t believe it!


42 posted on 06/04/2007 3:37:05 PM PDT by finallyatexan (GO BLUE !!!!)
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To: Zakeet
SHOOT!...Its hasn't been conservative since the early 70s...."Ronnie (Tom Delay) Earls' " Kingdom
43 posted on 06/04/2007 3:39:24 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass ( just b/c, you suffer from paranoia, doesn't mean they're not out to get you....Run, Fred, Run :^)
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To: dfwgator

I voted for Max Goldblatt once. The city was a lot different then.


44 posted on 06/04/2007 3:44:36 PM PDT by mgstarr (KZ-6090 Smith W.)
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To: finallyatexan

Ug. They blight any urban area, it seems.


45 posted on 06/04/2007 3:52:34 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Zakeet
Image hosted by Photobucket.com this ain't yer Daddys Texas anymore...
46 posted on 06/04/2007 3:52:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

News flash - I am not R. Lee Ermey! To solve this mistake, you need to immediately sign up with the Marines and tell your Drill Instructor in boot camp to shut up when he gives you his opinion about Texas steers and queers! :)


47 posted on 06/04/2007 3:56:41 PM PDT by Howard Jarvis Admirer (Howard Jarvis, the foe of the tax collector and friend of the California homeowner)
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To: Zakeet
Dallas, with a population of 1.2 million, is home to a growing gay community with an estimated 120,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered households.

Only about 13 percent of registered voters turned out in the initial election.

With numbers like these the gay guy is going to win.

48 posted on 06/04/2007 4:00:31 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Zakeet
Dallas ... is home to a growing gay community with an estimated 120,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered households.

The city has nondiscrimination policies ... praised as progressive by local gay-rights activists.

"I think some people don't realize that Dallas is very diverse: economically, ethnically, culturally," said Pete Webb, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

Let's see: one of the highest crime rates in the nation, totally corrupt city council rife with political correctness and racism, abominable school system - sounds about par for the course. Yep, let diversity reign. /sarc

49 posted on 06/04/2007 4:06:12 PM PDT by fwdude
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To: Zakeet

Dallas has been circling the drain for at least a decade. My in-laws finally made the move and bought a house closer to Waco. They can’t get out of Dallas fast enough.


50 posted on 06/04/2007 4:08:46 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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