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Michigan Elects Country’s Second Out LGBTQ Attorney General

Maura Healey has company.

On Tuesday, Michigan elected the country’s second out LGBTQ attorney general in Democrat Dana Nessel.

Nessel bested Republican opponent Tom Leonard with 48.7 percent of the vote.

Nessel is perhaps best known for her role in arguing DeBoer v. Snyder, the case that won marriage equality for Michigan in 2014. She is president of LGBTQ civil rights organization Fair Michigan Foundation and has vowed to aggressively prosecute discrimination cases and hate crimes.

Nessel is the country’s second out lesbian attorney general after Massachusetts’ Maura Healey, who easily won her re-election bid Tuesday night against Republican challenger Jay McMahon.

Healey was elected in 2014 and has championed LGBTQ issues. She was a prominent supporter of the Yes on 3 campaign to uphold transgender protections at the ballot in the first statewide referendum on transgender rights Tuesday.

Her challenger, Jay McMahon, favored repealing anti-discrimination protections because the law “doesn’t protect women from sexual predators,” according to WGBH.

Healey has almost been among the most litigious public officials to combat the Trump administration, suing to uphold the Affordable Care Act, oppose Trump’s travel ban and keep environmental protections.

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Kate Sosin 

Kate Sosin is a trans news and features reporter and former associate editor of Chicago’s Windy City Times.

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