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Obama names openly gay attorney to federal appeals court

Friday, February 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday nominated for a seat on the federal judiciary a gay Justice Department attorney who, upon confirmation, would make history. [ Read more → ]
John BerryPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Obama misses opportunity to nominate first openly LGBT cabinet member

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
President Obama has missed an opportunity to nominate for the first time an openly LGBT Cabinet member by reportedly passing over Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry for the role of interior secretary. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

Monday, February 4, 2013
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is set to reintroduce legislation on Tuesday that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card as debate continues over whether such language should be included as part of comprehensive immigration reform. [ Read more → ]
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Hagel pledges to move ‘expeditiously’ on benefits for gay troops

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has pledged to “move forward expeditiously” on the issue of extending partner benefits to gay service members if confirmed for the role as defense secretary. [ Read more → ]
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday announced his choice for the interim replacement for outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and it’s not the gay former U.S. House member who was publicly lobbying for the position. [ Read more → ]

Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. [ Read more → ]
From left: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at a news conference Monday to announce sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Same-sex couples missing from Senate immigration plan

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform made public on Monday by a bipartisan group of senators contains no provision for bi-national same-sex couples, despite the push among LGBT advocates to include such language in immigration reform. [ Read more → ]
Paul Clement

Anti-gay legal briefs ‘mischaracterized’ parenting study

Friday, January 25, 2013
Attorneys who submitted anti-gay briefs to the Supreme Court in favor of California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act are continuing the mischaracterization of a 2002 study on child development to suggest same-sex parents are less fit than opposite-sex parents, according to the non-profit that produced the study. [ Read more → ]
Jay CarneyFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

White House still says marriage not a federal issue

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney maintained on Tuesday that President Obama’s LGBT remarks in his inaugural speech weren’t an attempt to nationalize the issue of marriage. [ Read more → ]
Mayors for the Freedom to MarryPhoto by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nearly 300 U.S. mayors join campaign to advocate for marriage equality

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Mayors from across the country on Friday attended a reception during the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual D.C. meeting to commemorate the first anniversary of a campaign that features city executives who support marriage rights for same-sex couples. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Philadelphia Mayor... [ Read more → ]
Luis Leon

Minister at inaugural advocated for D.C. marriage equality law

Saturday, January 19, 2013
An Episcopal priest selected to deliver the closing prayer — or benediction — at President Obama’s inaugural ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday was one of the leaders in 2009 of an interfaith group of clergy that campaigned for D.C.’s same-sex marriage law. Rev.... [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Hagel commits to extending partner benefits to gay troops

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has committed to extending partners benefits “permissible under current law” to gay service members as part of attempts to allay concerns among Democratic senators about his potential performance as Pentagon chief. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Hagel... [ Read more → ]

Virginia lawmakers kill proposal to repeal ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday voted 6-1 to kill a proposal that would have repealed the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Delegate Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) introduced HJ665 on Jan. 9, the first day of the current legislative session. He told the... [ Read more → ]
Donald Dwyer

Maryland lawmaker claims marriage votes spurred alcohol abuse

Monday, January 14, 2013
A Maryland lawmaker told a local newspaper last week that legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse. Delegate Don Dwyer (R-Anne Arundel County) told the Maryland Gazette in an interview the newspaper posted to its website on Saturday... [ Read more → ]
Jerame Davis

National Stonewall Democrats curtails operations

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
National Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jerame Davis confirmed to the Washington Blade on Tuesday his organization will cease operations through at least the end of this year after it failed to bridge a $30,000 budget gap. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Rather than use his mandate from winning re-election to reward his key constituencies, President Barack Obama has poked a stick in the eye of the LGBT community by turning to former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary -- a man who had an abysmal voting record in Congress and drew criticism for using anti-gay slurs back in 1998. [ Read more → ]
John BoehnerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. House approves rules affirming commitment to DOMA

Friday, January 4, 2013
As one of its first acts of the 113th Congress, the U.S. House on Thursday approved a set of governing rules that includes language authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against litigation in court. [ Read more → ]
Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama appeared at the White House Tuesday night to discuss the fiscal cliff deal.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade.

LGBT, AIDS cuts held off two months under ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Friday, January 4, 2013
The legislative package that Congress passed this week to avert the “fiscal cliff” puts off for only two months devastating across-the-board budget cuts to federal programs — including programs directly relevant to LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS — putting advocates in the position to continuing fighting for them in the weeks to come. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) speaks at a reception following her swearing-in ceremony.Photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Tammy Baldwin sworn in as first openly gay U.S. Senator

Thursday, January 3, 2013
In a historic day at the start of the 113th Congress, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) was sworn into office on Thursday as the junior U.S. senator from Wisconsin, officially becoming the first openly gay senator. [ Read more → ]
FIle photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Obama signs ‘conscience’ clause-inclusive defense bill

Thursday, January 3, 2013
President Obama signed into law a $633 billion package of major Pentagon budget legislation on Wednesday that includes a “conscience” provision prohibiting troops for being punished for their beliefs as he maintained the language “will not alter” the rights of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Barney Frank comes out in opposition to Hagel nomination

Monday, December 31, 2012
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he strongly opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary based on the former senator’s 1998 anti-gay comments and record on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
FIle photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Obama: Hagel’s 1998 anti-gay remarks don’t disqualify him for Cabinet role

Sunday, December 30, 2012
President Obama said over the weekend during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he won’t rule out the nomination of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel as defense secretary over anti-gay remarks he made in 1998. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

Kerry nomination excites international LGBT advocates

Sunday, December 23, 2012
The nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as secretary of state has excited advocates on global LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Saturday, December 22, 2012
The former U.S. senator whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary on Friday apologized for using anti-gay remarks 14 years ago to describe a gay nominee for U.S. ambassador. [ Read more → ]

Obama reflects on LGBT progress in ‘Time’ magazine interview

Friday, December 21, 2012
In an interview with Time magazine, which named him “Person of the Year,” President Obama said an “incredibly rapid transformation” has taken place during the course of his administration on LGBT issues — claiming his leadership played a role in moving them forward. [ Read more → ]
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