Mia Love, a Republican Representative from Utah, recently conceded defeat to Democrat Ben McAdams, reports Pink News.
Mia Love has a history of being against same-sex marriage, even using McAdams' pro-gay stance as a way to attack his campaign, saying that his views match those of an East Coast liberal (which is definitely not a bad thing) and took a stab at him for "championing for gay marriage."
She is also a supporter of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and was upset when it was found unconstitutional, saying that the Supreme Court decision was "just wrong." Love has also expressed her disappointment in the Supreme Courts decision on the Obergefell v. Hodges case.
In contrast, Ben McAdams has been constistently pro-LGBTQ rights. In 2012 he sponsored a bill that outlawed discrimination basedon sexuality and gender identity and in response to the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, he said “I’m pleased and happy that our nation’s highest court has ruled on marriage equality… This decision enshrines what I’ve long believed—that all families should be treated equally under the law.”
Following the midterm elections, there is a record-breaking amount of out LGBTQ people in Congress which is a step forward for LGBTQ representation and, transitively, LGBTQ rights. Utah having a Mormon majority makes the state lean conservative on many social issues, but by electing a pro-LGBTQ politician, maybe Utah is turning over a new leaf.
h/t: Pink News