Monday, May 18, 2009
Openly Gay Judge Runs For Election In Philadelphia
"Overshadowed by previous elections, Tuesday’s primary remains pivotal. The headliners on the ballot are candidates for city comptroller and district attorney, but openly gay Judge Dan Anders’ campaign to seek a 10 year term on the bench could send a powerful message far beyond Philadelphia.
Anders currently serves in the Family Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia. Governor Ed Rendell appointed him to the bench in 2007 to fill a vacancy after Judge James J. Fitzgerald, III, was appointed to the state Supreme Court. Anders first sought office in 2007, but his appointment made him the city’s first openly gay judge."