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Openly gay governor candidate leads pride parade

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine. Gay rights activists around the country are eyeing the Maine's governor's race as a chance to make history. Michaud would become the first openly gay candidate to become governor if he unseats vulnerable Republican Gov. Paul LePage in November. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Democratic candidate who reluctantly came out of the closet last year found himself serving as the grand marshal of Maine’s biggest gay pride parade and festival Saturday and urged activists to continue fighting to eliminate discrimination and promote equality.

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