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Three LGBT Democrats in U.S. House have voted with GOP in budget fight

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues to wrestle with a bitter partisan divide that has crippled its ability to set a budget, keep the federal government open, and enable the nation to pay its bills, a few openly LGBT members of the U.S. House have surprised many by occasionally voting with Republicans. [ Read more → ]

Employment Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced in Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress on Thursday. The measure would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees. [ Read more → ]
The new LGB members of the U.S. House. Clockwise, from upper left clockwise: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan.Photos: Kyrsten Sinema, courtesy photo; Mark Takano, courtesy photo; Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan by Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Newly elected out U.S. House members talk LGBT issues

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Nov. 6 election resulted in four new lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates winning seats in the House of Representatives and all eyes are now on them to see what they’ll do on LGBT issues upon taking office. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis pledges to take the lead on ENDA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Colorado congressman who’s set to become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House is pledging to take the lead on perhaps the most high-profile piece of pro-LGBT legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. [ Read more → ]
Jared Polis

Openly gay congressman Jared Polis cruises to re-election in Colorado

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Jared Polis, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, won re-election Tuesday to the U.S. House. He first won election from Colorado’s Second District in 2008, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected to Congress. [ Read more → ]

Openly gay Democrats take the podium at Democratic Convention

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first official day of the Democratic National Convention showcased the party’s solidarity with the LGBT community as speakers — including several openly gay Democrats — took to the podium to voice support and delegates approved for the first time a platform that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House panel rejects LGBT protections in domestic violence bill

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-controlled House panel beat back measures on Tuesday that would have made LGBT protections part of legislation aiming to extend federal authorization for domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]
Kevin Lundberg

Colorado’s most anti-gay state senator eyes Jared Polis’ congressional seat

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Colorado State Sen. Kevin Lundberg is contemplating a run for Congress. Lundberg, perhaps the most conservative state senator and most definitely the most anti-gay lawmaker under the dome, tweeted he might want to advance his political career to Washington D.C. [ Read more → ]

NOM makes tasteless reference to gay Congressman’s newborn son

Monday, October 3, 2011
There are times that the National Organization for Marriage is so anti-gay that it burns — such as the post on its blog regarding the birth of Congressman Jared Polis’s newborn son: [ Read more → ]

U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, partner announce birth of son

Friday, September 30, 2011
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and his domestic partner Marlon Reis, on Friday announced the birth of their son, Caspian Julius. Polis becomes the first openly gay member of Congress to become a parent. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

House Democrats to Boehner: Mr. Speaker, your DOMA attorney is out of line

Monday, September 26, 2011
Six Democratic lawmakers on Monday sent U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), a letter reiterating their request for a briefing on the efforts of the law firm hired by the Speaker to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in several ongoing federal court challenges. [ Read more → ]
Tim Huelskamp

U.S. House adds another anti-gay amendment to Defense appropriations bill

Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning voted in favor of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds to implement training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for chaplains. [ Read more → ]
Barney Frank

Gay lawmakers urge Obama to veto defense bill with anti-gay amendments

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and the three other openly gay members of Congress has asked President Barack Obama to veto the defense spending bill if it contains language that delays the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]

ENDA and gay immigration rights bills reintroduced in U.S. Congress

Friday, April 15, 2011
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, and on Thursday a bill to help bi-national LGBT couples was also re-intorduced. This brings the total 15 the number of pro-LGBT bills introduced to the House and Senate in the 112th Congress. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Sponsors of DOMA repeal press Boehner for briefing on House defense efforts

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Lead sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act -- the bill aimed at repealing the Defense of Marriage Act -- are pressing House Speaker John Boehner for a briefing on any activities relating to plans by the House general counsel to defend DOMA. [ Read more → ]
Rep John Conyers at House announcement

Democrats introduce bills in House and Senate to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Congressional Democrats on Wednesday went on the offensive, introducing bills in both the House and Senate aimed at repealing the "Defense of Marriage Act." [ Read more → ]

Legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be introduced Wednesday

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act will be re-introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday, along with a companion bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. [ Read more → ]

Democrats poised to introduce legislation to repeal ‘Defense of Marriage Act’

Sunday, February 27, 2011
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has announced plans to introduce a bill in the U.S. Congress that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws. [ Read more → ]
Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis

Lawmakers say US House poised to pass trio of gay-friendly bills

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Two of Congress's three openly gay members said Saturday that the U.S. House is poised to pass a trio of gay-friendly bills, reports the AP. [caption id="attachment_3735" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Reps. Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis"][/caption] Speaking to an international conference of gay politicians in San... [ Read more → ]
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