The previously-closeted mayor of a small town in Texas has eloped to Mexico with his illegal immigrant lover just hours before a swearing in ceremony for his fourth term. Joseph Lown, who won the mayoralty of San Angelo with 89 percent of the vote, sent a text message to city administrators saying he was in Mexico City with the man he loved and would not be returning any time soon. Texas is a notoriously conservative state but it is understood Lown left for Mexico because of his partner's illegal status in the USA rather than the pair's homosexuality. It could take some years for legal immigration to be arranged for Lown's lover.
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First published: Monday, 1st June 2009 - 7:25pm
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