One more fantastic midterm election result that has us all excited.
Hunky gay former Marine, Neil Rafferty, came out on top last night in his race for the state House seat in Alabama’s District 54.
Not only did he win – he won BIG!
According to AL.com, Rafferty trumped his opponent, Independent Joseph Casper Baker III, by a margin of 90% to 10%!
The win makes Rafferty the first openly gay man elected to the Alabama legislature.
Since 2006, the seat has been held by openly LGBT Rep. Patricia Todd who chose to retire this year. Todd endorsed Rafferty’s candidacy.
The political newbie had never run for political office before.
We've previously profiled the Birmingham native who spent four years in the U.S. Marines before returning home to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
He currently works as the director of research and development at Birmingham AIDS Outreach.
Rafferty joined the Marines after his longtime boyfriend, Michael Rudolph had been deployed twice to Iraq as a Marine so they could stay together even though 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' was still in effect.
The couple, now together 14 years, are currently engaged and planning their wedding.
Congratulations on the win!