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Midterm election results a sobering reality for gay rights movement

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, concedes defeat to Gov. Paul LePage at an election night rally in Portland, Maine. Michaud, a gay candidate, narrowly lost his chance to make history as the nation's first elected openly gay state governor.
Massachusetts became the first state to elect an openly gay attorney general, while the gay candidate in Maine's gubernatorial race narrowly lost his chance to make history. Nationally, gay-rights activists worried that conservative gains in Congress would hamper their bid for federal anti-bias legislation.

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Out Democrat Jared Polis elected to fourth term in U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.)
DENVER -- Openly gay Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder has won a fourth term. He defeated Republican challenger George Leing in Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, which includes the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

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Discharge petition to force U.S. House vote on ENDA has stalled

Friday, September 26, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A discharge petition to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the U.S. House of Representatives appears to have stalled after only 190 Democrats have signed their names to it. The petition, filed last week by openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) seeks to force a vote on a version of ENDA that contains ...

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Polis files discharge petition on ENDA with narrowed religious exemption

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Four U.S. House Democrats, led by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), filed a discharge petition Wednesday seeking to force a vote on a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that contains a narrowed religious exemption. The measure would prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity...

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It’s a girl! U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, partner announce birth of daughter

Friday, July 4, 2014
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DENVER -- U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) has announced the birth of a new daughter named Cora. While few details of the birth were made available, the Democratic congressman from Boulder said in a statement Friday, "I think I'm going to miss the fireworks for the first time in my life, but my first daughter is far more thrilling."

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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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.

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced in Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013
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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.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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.
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.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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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.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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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.

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