marcus brandonRep. Marcus Brandon, North Carolina’s only openly gay state legislator, has won his first reelection bid in a primary rematch against the Democrat he defeated in 2010.

“This is a tough night in North Carolina, but Marcus Brandon’s win is one sign that there’s hope for a brighter future for LGBT North Carolinians,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, which endorsed and supported Brandon’s campaign.

With 26 of 31 precincts reporting in Guilford County’s House District 60, Brandon led his opponent by some 2,000 votes.  But the state’s voters also approved a constitutional amendment banning marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples, a move even some Republican legislators said they expected would be reversed in as little as two decades by today’s youth.