California Assembly Swears in Its First Gay Speaker

by Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy | Los Angeles Times

photo by Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

There were rubber ducks on legislators’ desks and a chorus belting out a Broadway show tune as John A. Pérez was sworn in as the new speaker of the California Assembly on Monday.

It was an untraditional ceremony for an unprecedented occasion: The Los Angeles Democrat and former labor leader, who was elected to the post during his first year as a lawmaker, is the first openly gay legislator to win a leadership role in the Legislature.

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