Obama May Name Openly Gay Cabinet Appointee

President-elect Barack Obama may soon name the first openly gay or lesbian cabinet secretary, according to reports indicating the president-elect may name activist Mary Beth Maxwell to lead the Department of Labor.

Maxwell, founder of labor advocacy group American Rights at Work, is under consideration to become Secretary of Labor, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Maxwell gained the support of the largest gay and lesbian rights group, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), which endorsed Maxwell despite having already endorsed Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) a week before.

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