Nov 8, 2012 1:01 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Colorado Democratic lawmakers pick first gay House speaker

DENVER (AP) - Colorado Democrats have elected the first openly gay House speaker in state history.

Democratic lawmakers picked Denver Rep. Mark Ferrandino on Thursday to lead the House, which they re-took in this week's election. His election won't be official until lawmakers reconvene next session and Republicans ratify the pick.

Democrats kept control of the Senate and are also choosing a new president to lead that chamber.

Democrats hope to pass civil unions legislation next year to grant same-sex couples rights similar to marriage.

The session begins in January.


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