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Gay candidate advances in Seattle mayor’s race

Ed Murray, an openly gay lawmaker who led the successful fight for marriage equality in the Washington State Senate, emerged last night as the top vote-getter in a crowded primary to choose the next mayor of Seattle. He’ll face the incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn in the general election this November.

“Ed Murray is a fighter, and we are proud to stand with him over the next few months as he makes the case for change at City Hall,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed Murray and supported his campaign.  “Seattle needs a mayor who knows how to get things done, and LGBT Americans need more heroes like Ed Murray, who refused to compromise his dreams.”

Murray is set to take advantage of the state’s marriage equality law this weekend, when he and Mike Shiosaki, his longtime partner, will be married.

Photo:  Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times