Kotek elected 1st openly lesbian Oregon House speaker

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An openly lesbian lawmaker will lead a state legislative chamber for the first time. Oregon House Democrats chose Rep. Tina Kotek of Portland to be the next state House speaker.

The decision must be formally ratified in January.

Kotek's selection notches another milestone from an election that brought a series of victories to the gay community, including the first openly gay U.S. senator and the first bisexual member of Congress.

Kotek will be the first gay woman to get the top job in a legislative chamber.

Gay leaders will control the House or Senate in five of the 50 states -- Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Rhode Island. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund says that's more than ever before and up from two before the election.

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