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Bill would give ‘honorable’ discharges to service members kicked out under DADT

Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced legislation to correct the records of service members discharged from the U.S. military solely due to their sexual orientation prior to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, to reflect honorable service and reinstate benefits they would have earned. [ Read more → ]

Bill to ban discrimination against gay adoptive, foster parents has bipartisan support

Monday, May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people seeking to adopt or become foster parents is due to be reintroduced Tuesday in the U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

House, Senate bills aim to equalize benefits for same-sex military families

Friday, February 15, 2013
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress this week would change the definition of "spouse" in four areas of U.S. Code related to recognition, support, and benefits for married service members and veterans, in an effort to provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Gillibrand leads renewed call to help bi-national couples

Friday, January 18, 2013
The junior senator from New York is taking up the lead on a renewed call for administrative action to help bi-national same-sex couples in anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court on the Defense of Marriage Act. In a letter sent out Thursday, Sen.... [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

DADT discharges still discriminate; trio of U.S. Senators want problem fixed

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, three U.S.Senators have asked the Secretary to use his authority to streamline the process for those discharged under the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law in order to expedite discharge paperwork changes and upgrades. [ Read more → ]

‘Commitment Campaign’ aims to reshape the debate on gay marriage

Monday, November 7, 2011
A bipartisan group backing legalization of same-sex marriage launched a new campaign on Monday, aimed at reshaping the debate from the topic of marriage "equality" to the value of "commitment." [ Read more → ]

Family Research Council wants God to stop gay adoptions

Thursday, November 3, 2011
In all of the years in which FRC has attacked same-sex households or gay adoption, the organization has never pushed, suggested, or even slightly initiated any type of plan encouraging folks in what it claims to be “perfect family units,” i.e. heterosexual mother/father households into adopting children. [ Read more → ]
Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand set to introduce adoption anti-discrimination bill

Friday, October 28, 2011
The Democratic junior U.S. senator from New York is set to introduce next week legislation that would bar adoption discrimination against LGBT parents. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is set on Monday to introduce the legislation, known as the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, according to her office. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Senate Judiciary Committee will hold first ever hearing on DOMA repeal

Friday, July 8, 2011
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday announced that, in the coming weeks, the Committee will hold the first congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]

A ‘message of hope’ from Democratic U.S. Senators: ‘It Gets Better’

Thursday, June 30, 2011
A group of Democratic United States Senators have released their "It Gets Better" video, containing their message of hope and encouragement for LGBT youth. [ 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 → ]
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Gillibrand to House GOP: Don’t waste taxpayer money defending DOMA

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Just one day after House GOP leadership announced they would take action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is urging Republican leaders not to waste taxpayer resources to defend the unconstitutional law. [ Read more → ]

Lady Gaga makes video plea for repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Pop star Lady Gaga has made a somber plea to U.S. senators to repeal the law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In a video released Friday, Lady Gaga calls on the Senate to repeal the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't... [ Read more → ]
Gates (left) and Mullen

Gates, Mullen tell Congress they ‘strongly oppose’ repealing DADT this year

Saturday, May 1, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are urging Congress to hold off on repealing the ban on openly gay service members until the Defense Department wraps up its yearlong review of how to implement a change.... [ Read more → ]

Gay NYC voters give Ford the cold shoulder, demand answers on anti-gay marriage votes

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Harold Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman and potential U.S. Senate challenger to New York's Kirsten Gillibrand, got a cool reception Wednesday from gay rights advocates who are skeptical of his new found support for gay marriage. Speaking at the Stonewall Democratic Club of New... [ Read more → ]

Considering Senate run, Ford changes his position on same-sex marriage

Monday, January 11, 2010
In a sign that he's considering considering challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in the Democratic primary, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., (D-Tennessee) has gone on the record in support of same-sex marriage. Though he twice voted in favor of a constitutional ban on ban... [ Read more → ]
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