Let's just be honest. One of the best ways we can increase the chances of passing pro-LGBT legislation in Congress is to elect more LGBT people to Congress. Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives only three are openly gay: Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis and not one of the 100 members of the Senate is openly gay.
Steve Pougnet, the mayor of Palm Springs, CA, is challenging Republican Mary Bono Mack to represent California's 45th Congressional District. As Americablog's Joe Sudbay points out in this video interview, if elected, Pougnet would be the first openly gay, married dad elected to Congress.
Mayor Pougnet has a strong record of leadership in Palm Springs. Before being elected mayor, he served for years on the Palm Springs City Council and has focused on jobs creation, renewable energy, and green tech jobs.
Mayor Pougnet and his husband Christopher were one the 18,000 same-sex couples married in California before the passage of Prop 8. They're the parents of two kids.
Rep. Bono Mack's record on LGBT issues can charitably be described as weak. She earned a 55% on the Human Rights Campaign's congressional scorecard for the 110th Congress. Despite being the step-mother of Chaz Bono, she has failed to co-sponsor ENDA, DADT repeal, and the Uniting American Families Act.