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Lesbian lawmaker running for Maryland governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A Maryland lawmaker hopes to be elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

Delegate Heather Mizeur plans to make her campaign announcement Wednesday for the Maryland 2014 governor’s race.

Mizeur, a Democrat who has been exploring a run for months, also would become Maryland’s first female governor if elected, although women have run in the past.

“It’s a sign of how far we’ve come as a state that an openly gay person can be a serious candidate for governor,” Mizeur said. “But the fact that we’re still talking about it is a sign that we still have a ways to go.”

Maryland legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year, after voters approved legislation in November allowing it.

An openly gay candidate has never been elected governor in any state.

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