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Mike Pence swears in the first openly bisexual senator, Kyrsten Sinema, and Twitter loves it

Yahoo Entertainment US logo Yahoo Entertainment US 1/4/2019 Kyle Moss

During a historic day on the U.S. Senate floor when the 116th Congress was sworn in, Kyrsten Sinema became the first female senator from Arizona (alongside Martha McSally) and the first openly bisexual member of the Senate.

Sinema has stated in the past that she is “religiously unaffiliated,” so when she took the oath of office on Thursday, she used a law book containing both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, instead of placing her hand on a Bible.

When she was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence, a Republican with a history of opposing LGBTQ rights, Sinema kept things light. When the Democratic senator, who is divorced, noticed a mark on the floor for spouses to stand on, she pointed it out and asked, “Could we get a spouse? Just kidding.” She also joked with Pence when he gave her “tips” on how to position herself for the cameras.

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While Sinema was positive and lighthearted, some on Twitter thought Pence showed discomfort, calling it an awkward moment. 

Others saw the occasion as a victory for the LGBTQ community.

Some thought Pence did just fine swearing in all new senators.

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