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Gay man picked to lead Washington state Senate

State Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) has been picked as leader of the Washington state Senate, becoming only the second openly LGBT politician to lead an upper chamber in the U.S.

Democrats' victory in Oregon House clears path for openly lesbian Speaker

After fiercely contested races around the state, Democrats are poised to take over Oregon’s House of Representatives with a 34-26 majority, clearing the path for the ascension of openly lesbian House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek to the Speaker's chair.