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Openly gay California Assembly speaker addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- California State Assembly Speaker John A. Perez took to the podium Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., and praised President Barack Obama for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and for coming out in support of marriage equality, calling it evidence that the Administration is [...]

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California Assembly approves landmark bill that would require teaching of LGBT history

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
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The California state Assembly on Tuesday approved landmark legislation that would require the teaching of LGBT history in public schools. [...]

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John Perez, California Assembly’s first openly gay Speaker, sworn in

Monday, March 1, 2010
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In a historic day for the LGBT community, California’s first openly gay Assembly speaker was sworn in to office in Sacramento early Monday afternoon. Democrat John A. Pérez, a first-term legislator representing parts of downtown L.A. and East Los Angeles, will face as one of his first tasks the challenge [...]

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California assembly nominates first openly gay speaker

Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Assemblyman John Pérez, an openly gay Latino Democrat from Los Angeles, made history Thursday when he was unanimously chosen by the California Assembly’s Democratic Caucus as the lower house’s leader, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Pérez, a freshman lawmaker who is expected to be formally voted in as the 68th [...]

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LA assemblyman may become CA’s first openly gay Speaker

Friday, December 4, 2009
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Democratic Assemblyman John Perez of Los Angeles is about to become the California’s first openly gay speaker of the Assembly. The position will make Perez the highest-ranking gay politician in California history. The speaker is generally considered the second or third most powerful position in state politics, after the governor [...]

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