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Oregon House To Elect First Lesbian Speaker

SALEM, Ore., (UPI) — Oregon representatives are preparing to select the first open lesbian to lead the lower chamber when it convenes in January.

House Democrats have nominated Rep. Tina Kotek to wield the speaker’s gavel, overseeing a chamber with a new Democratic majority after two years of a 30-30 power-sharing division of labor with Republicans, StateLine.org reported Monday.

Her selection last week puts Kotek in line to become the first openly lesbian lawmaker to lead a chamber in any state, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund said.

The Oregon House will formally vote on Kotek’s nomination Jan. 14.

Two other openly gay lawmakers in earned leadership roles in other state legislatures, StateLine.org said. Washington Democrats selected Sen. Ed Murray as that chamber’s president and Colorado Democrats chose openly gay Rep. Mark Ferrandino to lead the House. Both selections were first in the states’ politics, officials said.

“This wasn’t incremental progress. This was a breathtaking leap forward,” Chuck Wolfe, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund president, said soon after Election Day.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THIS TREND OF ELECTING HOMOSEXUAL POLITICIANS MUST NOT LAST. HOMOSEXUALS DO NOT HAVE A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICA’S OVERALL POPULATION; THEREFORE, WHY ARE THEY REPRESENTING A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO CONSIDER HOMOSEXUALS TO BE “hell-bound?”

    HOMOSEXUAL POLITICIANS ARE UNABLE TO “DO RIGHT” FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES, SINCE THEIR CONCEPT OF FAMILY IS “WARPED.” “TWO DADDIES” OR “TWO MOMMIES” DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RAISE CHILDREN WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY KEEPING THOSE CHILDREN’S PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING INTACT.

    AT THE END OF THIS UPCOMING SIX-YEAR TERM, WE WILL FIND OUT IF VOTERS IN WISCONSIN WILL RE-ELECT Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D). I KNOW MADISON [WISCONSIN'S CAPITAL] HAS A NATIONWIDE REPUTATION FOR BEING ONE OF THE MOST “gay-friendly” CITIES IN THE COUNTRY. BUT – I THOUGHT – THE STATE OF WISCONSIN (AS A WHOLE) IS CONSERVATIVE.

    I AM SO GLAD WE WILL NOT HAVE HOMOSEXUAL POLITICIANS IN TENNESSEE.

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