An Openly Gay Marine Just Announced He’s Running For A House Seat In Alabama

Neil Rafferty, an openly gay former Marine from Birmingham, Alabama, took to Facebook on Sunday night to announce that he has decided to run for a seat in Alabama State House District 54, which is currently vacated.

“Nine days ago, I was approached by a dear friend who asked if I would consider running to fill the vacant seat for Alabama State House District 54,” Rafferty wrote.

“In the past week, I’ve spent many hours in conversation with family and friends, but more importantly, I’ve asked myself how can I best serve my community. On Friday, I traveled to Montgomery to complete qualifying paperwork to run. I look forward to expanding my lifetime of service as I announce my candidacy for State House of Representatives District 54. We are better together. Let’s get to work!”

The candidate is running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Patricia Todd, the state’s first gay legislator.

Rafferty joined the Marines shortly after his boyfriend Michael Rudolph left for deployment.