Neil Rafferty is an openly gay marine from Birmingham who just announced his bid for a seat in Alabama State House in District 54.

Rafferty made the big announcement on his Facebook page:

Nine days ago, I was approached by a dear friend who asked if I would consider running to fill the vacant seat for Alabama State House District 54. In the past week, I’ve spent many hours in conversation with family and friends, but more importantly, I’ve asked myself how can I best serve my community. On Friday, I traveled to Montgomery to complete qualifying paperwork to run. I look forward to expanding my lifetime of service as I announce my candidacy for State House of Representatives District 54. We are better together. Let’s get to work!

Rafferty is running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Patricia Todd, the state’s first gay legislator, who announced last month that she would not seek reelection.

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Rafferty joined the Marines shortly after his boyfriend Michael Rudolph left for deployment.

Will Alabama make another historic decision and elect Rafferty as their first openly gay congressman? We’ll see!

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