Donald Trump says that as a businessman he had to be bipartisan. That could be what Cook is doing.
Although the House speaker was quick to criticize the president, he broke with Donald Trump in declaring, "I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interests."
The former vice-presidential candidate won the top spot in the House of Representatives with a comfortable 236 votes.
The Republicans will submit his nomination to the full House tomorrow, and approval is expected, but it's not a positive development for LGBT Americans.
A right-wing leader thinks the antigay Rep. Paul Ryan shouldn't be the next House speaker because he's a 'Trojan horse' for the 'homosexual lobby.'
The outgoing speaker has been no ally, but certainly neither has Ryan, who today said he'd consider the job.
Paul Ryan has voted to ban same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, and he voted against repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military.