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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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Rep. Mark Takano elected to second term in U.S. House

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano won reelection to a second term in California's 41st House district on Tuesday night. Takano, who was challenged by Republican Steve Adams, was first elected to the House in 2012, becoming the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress. [...]

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits [...]

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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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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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Openly gay Asian American first LGBT person of color in U.S. Congress

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Mark Takano
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Openly gay Democrat Mark Takano beat his Republican opponent John Tavaglione by a double-digit margin in the race for California's U.S. House District 41, and will become the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress. [...]

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