Seattle-Area County Swears in Gay Politician

BY Advocate.com Editors

December 06 2010 9:35 PM ET

King County, Wash. — home of Seattle — swore in its first
openly gay council member Monday, when Joe McDermott took the oath.

"Today confirms King County believes in representative democracy and values diversity,” McDermott said. “I am honored that the voters have placed their trust in me and grateful for the LGBTQ community’s support throughout my career.” 

McDermott, a passionate supporter of gay rights in Washington, previously served in the state house and senate.

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