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Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan (b. August 14, 1964) is an openly gay politician and businessman who has served in the U.S. States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 to 2013.

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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 Mark Pocan elected to 2nd term in U.S. House

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan has won a second term in the U.S. House seat representing the Madison area. Pocan, who is openly gay, defeated Republican Peter Theron on Tuesday. [...]

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Wis. governor, Democratic challenger spar over same-sex marriage

Monday, June 16, 2014
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Democratic challenger Mary Burke
MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke sparred over same-sex marriage on Monday, with Burke saying the Republican incumbent was waffling on whether he believes gay couples should be able to get married in Wisconsin. Both Burke and Walker were asked about their positions on gay [...]

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Wis. Democrats seek federal benefits for married, same-sex couples

Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- The four Democratic members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to recognize the marriages of gay couples who recently wed in Wisconsin. More than 500 couples wed from June 6 to Friday after a federal judge declared Wisconsin's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage

Friday, June 6, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’ ban on same-sex marriage Friday, the latest in a string of such rulings that have come in rapid succession across the United States. Same sex-couples in two cities began getting married about an hour after the ruling despite confusion over whether [...]

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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday came under increased pressure to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination and ensure future host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. [...]

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear cases relating to employers’ religious beliefs

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases next week that test the degree to which employers may use their personal religious beliefs to deny certain health coverage for employees. Neither case involves any LGBT-related health coverage; but the decisions in both may affect whether employers will be [...]

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

Friday, January 31, 2014
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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 [...]

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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney to marry long-time partner

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.
WASHINGTON -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas. [...]

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Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

Thursday, September 19, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Legislation that would extend employee benefit programs to cover same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits was introduced Thursday in the U.S. House and Senate. [...]

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