Talk about paving a new trail….
Krysten Sinema has made history today by being sworn into the Senate as the first “openly bisexual” Senator.
And she did so while refusing to use a Bible, which is traditional for the swearing in ceremony.
Instead, she chose to use a law book.
Brave new world.
Watch it here:
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Here's more, from the HuffPost:
Kyrsten Sinema checked off a couple of firsts as she was sworn in as a senator on Thursday morning.
The Democrat from Arizona became the first openly bisexual person in the Senate, and she’s Arizona’s first female senator. She is also the second openly LGBT person to assume office in the chamber, after Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.). Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally in the November midterms to replace retired GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.
Sinema is no stranger to making history: In 2013 she became the country’s first openly bisexual member of Congress, serving in the House for six years. The newly minted senator was sworn in alongside Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Aside from her historic swearing-in, Sinema looked very chic, arriving in a pink faux-fur-trimmed coat with a polka-dotted pink purse, then sporting a gray faux fur stole for the ceremony. Twitter, of course, took notice.
“Kyrsten Sinema serving Elle Woods as she joins the Senate today is an energy we very much need to carry on through 2019,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another said her outfit was “an image for the ages,” tweeting, “So loved watching Kyrsten Sinema sworn in as Senator in totally fashion forward outfit with tight skirt, dour men around her looking completely flummoxed, like they’re in some strange new world they don’t understand. So true, and so deeply satisfying.”
And more details from CBS News:
Kyrsten Sinema chose not to hold the traditional Bible when she was sworn in Thursday as a U.S. senator from Arizona. Instead, she held a copy of the Constitution.
A spokesperson for the first-term Democrat said she chose to use a book from the Library of Congress that contains the texts of the Arizona and U.S. Constitutions, reports azcentral.com.
"Kyrsten always gets sworn in on a Constitution simply because of her love for the Constitution," Sinema spokesman John LaBombard told the local news outlet.
He didn't comment on the senator's religious beliefs. Sinema is the only person in Congress to state that she is "religiously unaffiliated," according to the Pew Research Center for Religion & Public life.Sinema, the first female U.S. senator from Arizona, is seen holding the book in a video of the swearing-in re-enactment with Vice President Mike Pence.
In the video, Mr. Pence finishes saying the senator's oath with the customary words "so help you God?" Sinema responds, "I do."