First openly gay congressman in the south?

I don't have a lot to add to this great Q-Notes article, other than to ask, if elected, would Rep. Brandon be the first openly gay Congress member in the south?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — State Rep. Marcus Brandon (D-Guilford) has formally announced his decision to run for North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. Brandon filed paperwork to form his campaign committee on May 1. The committee’s formation was made public this week.

The seat has been held by Rep. Mel Watt since 1993. On May 1, Watt was nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.


This week's marriage news watch

It's not NC specific so I'm just adding it as a comment instead of its own blog entry, but it does talk about some exciting trends around the country, and about possible ramifications for faster court actions for equality in the future after the Supreme Court decision on the marriage cases is announced late next month.