Marshall was also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.
What's more? She ousted the previous delegate, Robert G. Marshall, an 11-term self-proclaimed "chief homophobe", who throughout the campaign, misgendered Roem and referred to her using male pronouns. In that time, Marshall wrote an anti-gay marriage amendment and sponsored Virginia's transgender bathroom bill (which infamously banned students from using the bathroom that corresponded to their gender identity and required administrators to out trans kids to their parents), as well as a ban on gay people serving in the National Guard-just lots and lots of bad stuff. Marshall introduced a "bathroom bill" to the district, it died in committee.
On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem's gender.
On Tuesday night after she was declared victor, Roem displayed the same sense of composure that she did in the face of anti-trans insults from her opponent over the past few months. She conducted campaigns and went from door to door in the district with 52,471 registered voters.
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Jenny Durkan is projected to win the mayoral race, which would make her the first lesbian mayor in Seattle, reported the Seattle Times. Roem is a career journalist who worked for years at the Gainesville Times; she provides vocals for the thrash metal band Cab Ride Home.
The race was one of the year's most high profile and drew national and worldwide attention and big money to the northern Virginian district.
Michelle Kaufusi became the first woman elected mayor in the 157-year history of Provo, the third-largest city in Utah, on Tuesday night. "We shouldn't just be pigeonholed into the idea that we're just going to be fighting about bathrooms".
"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night after her victory, the Post reports.
Marshall also thanked his supporters in a statement on Facebook after conceding his defeat. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years", the statement read.