California Assembly will have a gay Speaker

Democrats in the California Assembly have chosen their next speaker — and he’s openly gay. Karen Ocamb has the scoop:

It’s official. The California Democratic Caucus just announced that they voted unanimously to support Assemblymember John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) to serve as the next Speaker of the Assembly. A floor vote is expected when the Assembly reconvenes in January.

Perez is the first openly gay person to be elected Speaker.


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