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Gay marriage was just defeated in New York, but here’s a little something to sweeten the tea of Prop 8 haters: not only did Houston just elect its first openly gay mayor, but also a gay Latino man was just chosen to lead the state Assembly! Even cooler? The guy was a Berkeley alum!

The man is John Pérez, a Democrat from Los Angeles. His roots in labor run deep, and he also spent time as the Democratic Caucus’ chairman. Reports say he will be key in budget read more »