Bro-hug for Senator Craig Tieszen, speaking up for LGBT equality!

A rally for gay rights Friday night in downtown Rapid City included a speaker not often heard at such gatherings — a Republican lawmaker.

Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, was one of several speakers at the rally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights held at Main Street Square.

"There are many of us in the Legislature that are interested in making sure that the rights of all the citizens of South Dakota are protected," Tieszen told a crowd of about 60 [Joe O'Sullivan, "Gay Rights Rally Draws a Crowd -- and a Republican Lawmaker," Rapid City Journal, 2014.04.04].

Senator Tieszen ran interference for the effort to further suppress the Indian vote this winter, but his appearance at the gay-rights rally shows he's more open to a discussion of equality for all South Dakotans. Keep working on him, Rapid City voters!