24 November 2006

Oklahoma Looses A Great Advocate

Keith Smith, progressive lobbyist, died this Monday at 51. I am so shocked and saddened at this news. Though I had only met him a few times at different fundraisers and/or meetings, I did not know him, except by reputation and was always very impressed and awed at his seemingly tireless efforts to bring some "blue" into this red state in which we live.

Women in Oklahoma have so much to thank him for. He fought against every anti-choice bill that came up in the legislature, and in the past several years that has been up to 30 or more a session. His commitment to choice is incredible.

He founded the Oklahoma Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus and has been instrumental in several other organizations, such as the Progressive Alliance and the Central Oklahoma Stonewall Democrats.

Obituary from the Tulsa World.

Keith, you will be missed. Oklahoma has lost a hero.

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