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Welsh Assembly elects first ever openly LGBT members

Joe Williams May 6, 2016

Hannah Blythyn and Jeremy Miles have been praised as LGBT role models.

The Welsh Assembly has elected its first ever openly LGBT politicians.

Labour candidate Hannah Blythyn has won the Delyn constituency, with Jeremy Miles has also won the Neath constituency.

Blythyn won her seat with 9,480 votes, giving her a majority of 3,582.

“Thank you to all those who have put their faith in me- it will be a privilege to serve you as your assembly member,” she tweeted following her win.

She has previously described how lesbians in the workplace face a “double glazed glass ceiling”.

Stonewall Cymru Director Andrew White was among those who tweeted their congratulations to both Blythyn and Miles following their wins.

“You wait 17 years for an openly gay Assembly Member, then two come along in an hour! Congrats Jeremy Miles,” he tweeted.

Last month, the Archbishop of Wales apologised to gay and lesbian Christians as he ruled out a shifting stance on same-sex marriage – claiming his Church is “not ready” for the change.

The Archbishop of Wales has apologised to gay and lesbian Christians as he ruled out a shifting stance on same-sex marriage – claiming his Church is “not ready” for the change.

Rev Dr Barry Morgan heads the Church in Wales, which has made movements on LGBT issues – but continues to enforce a ban on same-sex weddings in line with the Church of England.

2013’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act legally prohibits Church in Wales clergy from carrying out same-sex marriages – but includes provisions to change this if the Church opts to change its policy.

More: election, Gay, Labour, lesbian, LGBT, Wales, Wales, Welsh Assembly

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