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LGBT caucus membership drops by more than half in 114th Congress

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The congressional caucus that aims to advance LGBT issues made public its membership for the 114th Congress, and the size of the group is not even half of what it was in its previous iteration.
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Obama names openly gay attorney to federal appeals court

The attorneys general of 15 states have written Congress asking for legislation to protect religious schools and other groups.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Thursday nominated for a seat on the federal judiciary a gay Justice Department attorney who, upon confirmation, would make history. ...

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Obama misses opportunity to nominate first openly LGBT cabinet member

John BerryPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. ...

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Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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 ...

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

Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. ...

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Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. ...

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Maryland lawmakers introduce transgender rights bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ban anti-transgender discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. ...

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Same-sex couples missing from Senate immigration plan

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
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. ...

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Anti-gay legal briefs ‘mischaracterized’ parenting study

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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 ...

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White House still says marriage not a federal issue

Jay CarneyFile photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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. ...

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