Rep. Mark Ferrandino: Colo. Democrats Pick State's 1st Openly Gay House Speaker

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    Nov 10, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    DENVER -- Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history, giving control of the chamber to a man who was the public face of a fierce debate over civil union legislation that Republicans defeated six months ago.

    Democratic lawmakers on Thursday picked Denver Rep. Mark Ferrandino to lead the state House, which they re-took in this week's election. His election won't be official until lawmakers reconvene in January and Republicans ratify the pick.

    According to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, there are currently two openly gay House speakers in state legislatures: John Perez in California and Gordon Fox in Rhode Island.

    Ferrandino's ascent is particularly notable in a state where voters banned gay marriage six years ago, and prohibited municipalities from passing laws to protect gays from discrimination 20 years ago.

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  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Nov 10, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    This is fantastic news!! I can see Colorado returning to blue status after being a tossup state for a while.

    If you go to the list of elected gay representatives below the story and scroll to number 10 (of the 14 listed), you will see Central Florida's very own Joe Saunders elected on Tuesday. Joe for Speaker of the Florida House in a few years? Maybe Governor?

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 10, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidThis is fantastic news!! I can see Colorado returning to blue status after being a tossup state for a while.

    If you go to the list of elected gay representatives below the story and scroll to number 10 (of the 14 listed), you will see Central Florida's very own Joe Saunders elected on Tuesday. Joe for Speaker of the Florida House in a few years? Maybe Governor?

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    Yes it is awesome that Colorado is appearing to be a blue, democratic state. Enough of this nonsensical swinging around. Now if we could only lock Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida into the blue democratic state column that would be awesome. We also need to start educating voters in the small town and rural areas of the blue, democratic states to abandon the right wing GOP and become progressive democrats. The GOP doesn't give a damn about small towns and rural areas yet the people of those areas continue to make the mistake of voting for these right wing bullshit artists. A good example of this is in New York's 23rd congressional district which is in the state's southern tier region.