Georgia transgender politician wins legal battle

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October 6, 2008


"Georgia's top court ruled in favor of a transgender politician who was slapped with a lawsuit by two political opponents who claimed she misled voters by running as a woman.

"The Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Monday found that the two political opponents who filed the lawsuit failed to produce evidence of fraud, misconduct or illegal action after claiming that Michelle Bruce bamboozled voters by identifying herself as female."

"...Gay rights groups said the lawsuit appears to be a first in the country.

"'I am not aware of any other case involving the issue of whether a transgender candidate is defrauding the citizens,' said Cole Thaler, an attorney with Lambda Legal.

"Bruce's attorneys said they felt vindicated by the ruling."


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