Oregon set to select first lesbian House speaker
By JONATHAN J. COOPER
Of the Associated Press
SALEM — Oregon House Democrats are expected to select the nation's first openly lesbian woman to lead a state legislative chamber.
Rep. Tina Kotek of Portland is likely to be chosen Thursday night as the House speaker beginning in January. Her selection would be 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.
With her selection, openly gay leaders will control the House in four of the 50 states. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund says that's more than ever before and up from two before the election.