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Lawyer Moving To Be Philadelphia's First Gay Judge

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: May 29, 2005 4:00 pm ET

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) A lawyer who specializes in employee benefits appears likely to win a Philadelphia judge’s seat, and become the city’s first openly gay jurist.

Ann Butchart is likely to win the November general election after a narrow victory in the Democratic primary; city voters are overwhelmingly Democratic.

Analysts say her success shows the growing clout of the city’s gay community, which has been slowly building a political power base over the past few decades.

Butchart is a board member of the Liberty City Democratic Club, which was founded in 1994 to galvanize gays and other sexual minorities after City Council rejected a bill on domestic-partner benefits.

©Associated Press 2005


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