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Colorado Democrats Select Mark Ferrandino As State's First Openly Gay Speaker

FerrandinoWith big wins in the State House on Tuesday, Colorado Democrats won the power to pick the assembly's next speaker and announced today that they've selected openly gay lawmaker Mark Ferrandino.

Ferrandino is the state's first out and proud House Speaker and will lead 36 party peers as they work with 28 of their GOP colleagues to run the state.

Ferrandino got a bit teary during his acceptance speech, in which he spoke about being bullied while growing up in New York. "

"As a kid growing up in New York who had a learning disability and just struggled a lot, was picked on and called names, to be where I am and to have your support to do that, it’s awesome, it’s humbling," he said, according to KDVR. "I couldn’t dream when I was in elementary school and high school that I’d be doing this."

Ferrandino's ascension is especially powerful because it was just six months ago that the GOP squashed a popular domestic partnership bill he helped create.

AFTER THE JUMP, KDVR reporter Eli Stokols' conversation with Ferrandino from yesterday, after Democrats took back control of the Colorado State House and it became clear Ferrandino would be named Speaker.

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  1. Outstanding! Congratulations Mark!

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 8, 2012 7:01:41 PM

  2. This is awesome news. Let's hope Colorado skips past civil unions and votes to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Two | Nov 9, 2012 2:44:42 AM

  3. To anyone wanting to donate to help the Ali Forney Center recover from Sandy, here is the address.
    Ali Forney Center/ATTN: Andria Ottley,
    224 West 35th St,
    Suite 1500
    NY,NY 10001
    Helping homeless gay kids that have been tossed out on their ear by hate filled, homophobic parents would be a wonderful way to celebrate winning marriage equality in three more states.

    Posted by: ***** | Nov 9, 2012 3:05:49 AM

  4. Yes Colorado, there is equality and reality when Democrats replace Republicants! How sweet it is so far in the 21st century. In the movie "The Magic Christan"there is a scene where some people are playing a board war game... and someone ask"Will there ever be peace?" and their answer was "when the bomb the last cathedral"! I'm not advocating that, but when they separate church from states laws you not only get peace, but progress. That is happening in states that replace Republicans politicians that earn their votes in churches, and not in their state houses. Thank you Colorado for showing America the road to equality and reality!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | Nov 9, 2012 7:33:44 AM

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