- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A small Mexican political party has made an unusual choice in tapping an openly gay candidate to run for mayor of the conservative city of Guadalajara.

The Social Democratic Party is nominating 31-year-old helicopter pilot Miguel Antonio Galan for the July 5 election.

The party earned about 2.6 percent support nationwide in a December poll.

Galan acknowledges that winning “is not the most likely scenario” in Guadalajara, which has been in the hands of the right-wing National Action Party for more than a decade.

But he said Tuesday he hopes to raise proposals to “improve the situation for the majority by addressing the needs of minorities.”

Parts of Mexico have recently passed legislation recognizing same-sex civil unions.

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