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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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