A lesbian attorney became Fulton's newest Superior Court judge on Tuesday, the only highlight of an election night that included two anti-gay Republicans winning their primaries.
Jane Barwick, an attorney and part-time Fulton magistrate, easily defeated opponent Shelitha Robertson in a runoff for a Superior Court judgeship. The spot came open when Judge Cynthia Wright announced her retirement. Barwick will also replace Wright as the bench's only openly lesbian judge.
Barwick's campaign was backed financially by several gay Atlanta politicos, including Cathy Woolard, Glen Paul Freedman and Ken Britt, along with Wright, according to the GA Voice.
Robertson also lost her 2010 bid for Fulton Superior Court, a campaign that included an endorsement from Atlanta Stonewall Democrats. Georgia Equality backed her in the run off and her unsuccessful bid for Atlanta City Council in 2009. Robertson lobbied for gay votes at several LGBT events including the Pride parade in 2010. She is credited with securing bail for the Eagle 8 when they were jailed in the botched Eagle raid in September 2009.
Also Tuesday, the election cycle's most notorious homophobe, pastor Jody Hice, won his GOP runoff and now faces Democrat Ken Dious in November for the 10th Congressional District.
In his book "It's Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America," Hice says gay people have a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children, claims homosexuality causes shorter life spans and argues that gay couples can't raise healthy children. He earned the scorn of a couple of guys dressed in drag, along with some voters who argued he's too toxic even for the conservative district that stretches from Gwinnett to South Carolina and includes Athens.
Hice (second photo), who knocked off Mike Collins in Tuesday's runoff, said his campaign is about "renewing America," according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
“I could not have done it without each and every one of you. Because of your hard work and commitment, we have won the Republican Primary,” he said. “Even though we have been given a great victory today, the fight is not over. We still have to defeat our Democratic opponent in November. We are now one step closer to renewing America. It will be my honor as your Congressman to defend our Georgia values in Washington."
The race is to replace Rep. Paul Broun, an anti-gay candidate who sought (and lost) a race for the Senate. Broun is now free to focus on his boy penis.
Also Tuesday, gay marriage troll Barry Loudermilk turned back former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr to win the GOP runoff in the 11th Congressional District, which includes portions of Sandy Springs, Buckhead and Cobb. With no Democrat running, that means Loudermilk, thanks to support from his certified anti-gay haters, heads to Congress.
Loudermilk (third photo) will replace Rep. Phil Gingrey, an anti-gay Congress member who didn't seek re-election so he could run (unsuccessfully) for the Senate.
Also in Cobb, political relic Bill Byrne (bottom photo) attempted a return to the county commission he once ran. But opponent Bob Weatherford made an issue of Byrne's anti-gay antics from two decades ago and it had an impact. Weatherford thumped Byrne 62 percent to 38 percent and will face Democrat Derrick Crump in November.
Byrne, who whined on Sunday about how his anti-gay past was "hurtful personally" to him, complained some more on Tuesday about being called to account for his past misdeeds, which included condemning the "gay lifestyle" and continuing to support that position as recently as two years ago.
Byrne said Weatherford didn’t run the race on his own merits.
“This was not an issue-based campaign,” Byrne said. “My opponent — not only in the primary but in the runoff — never focused on the issues. It was literally always about Bill Byrne’s past, and nothing about his future.”
Weatherford hammered Byrne’s record, saying for example that he should have found a way to avoid an “anti-gay” resolution the county passed in 1993.