Florida's first out state lawmakers get to work

12/28/2012 | Palm Beach Post (Fla.), The

Newly sworn-in Florida state Reps. Joe Saunders and David Richardson say being the first openly gay members of the Legislature will give them opportunities to speak out on equality issues and show their colleagues that policy has an impact on the lives of LGBT Floridians. "If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu," Saunders said about the importance of being out in public office. But neither lawmaker intends to work solely on LGBT issues. "I don’t want special treatment or different treatment, I just want equal treatment," Richardson said.

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