For gay right’s activists, there may be more victories than expected in the wake of Jan Brewers veto. Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo has come out as gay, and he attributes the decision — at least in part—to the recent fight in his state over SB 1062 (the bill that would allow business owners to deny LGBT people service).
Said the senator in an announcement held in the Arizona Senate Caucus room, “After I stood up on the floor and argued against 1062, as I’ve done on many bills before, I sat down and said, ‘Wow. This bill affects me. It affects me directly.'”
He notes that the decision has received mixed reaction from his family and friends. That is, his family wonders “why [Gallardo] has to do this,” while his friends’ attitude is more along the lines of “it’s about time.”
This year, Gallardo will run for US House of Representatives in Arizona’s 7th congressional district.