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Jackie Biskupski Becomes First Openly Gay Mayor of Salt Lake City

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    Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski poses for photograph fter she was elected Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Official election results released Tuesday, show the 49-year-old Biskupski defeated two-term incumbent Ralph Becker. Her win marks a milestone for the LGBT community in the conservative state.

    Former Utah lawmaker Jackie Biskupski on Tuesday became the first openly gay mayor of Salt Lake City, The Associated Press reported.

    Biskupski won 52 percent of the vote to defeat two-term incumbent Ralph Becker, who showed no reaction and later congratulated her on her win. He vowed to help her in the transition, according to The Associated Press.

    The victory comes in a conservative state where the Mormon church and a small town judge delivered setback to the LGBT community.

    "Today is not just about making history," Biskupski said. "It is about people. It is about affecting change."