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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

House GOP leadership abandons DOMA defense in ongoing cases

Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON -- After spending more than $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Republican leadership in the U.S. House said Thursday they are withdrawing their legal defense of the law that prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Democrats criticize GOP support of Defense of Marriage Act

Thursday, March 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The cost to taxpayers for a House Republican decision to fund the legal team supporting the Defense of Marriage Act has climbed from $500,000 to as much as $3 million, Democrats say in questioning the GOP stance on the gay marriage issue now before the Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi: GOP has been ‘irresponsible’ on same-sex marriage issue

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said Wednesday that Republicans who voted to spend millions in taxpayer dollars defending the federal ban on same-sex marriage are "irresponsible," and that she's "very optimistic" the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Alexandra Pelosi, left, director of HBO Documentary Films' "Fall to Grace," poses with the film's subject, former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, before a screening of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Alex Pelosi’s Sundance debut ‘Fall from Grace’ profiles Jim McGreevey

Saturday, January 19, 2013
PARK CITY, Utah — Alexandra Pelosi was beaming: She had just made her Sundance Film Festival debut with the HBO documentary "Fall from Grace," about former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey; her mother, Rep. Nancy Pelosi was on hand to witness it; and Sundance's founder... [ Read more → ]

House GOP leadership quietly increases cap on DOMA defense to $3 million

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives' continuing effort to defend the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) will soon reach $3 million. Late Monday, House Democrats learned that Republican leadership had again privately raised the spending cap with attorney Paul Clement and the Washington-based... [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

House GOP agrees to $500K hike in cost cap to defend DOMA

Friday, December 14, 2012
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has pledged to continue defending of the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court as a newly public contract reveals House Republicans secretly agreed to raise the cost cap for doing so to $2 million. [ Read more → ]

House Democrats intercede on behalf of N.Y. widow against DOMA

Friday, September 7, 2012
House Democrats are yet again interceding on behalf of litigation challenging the Defense of Marriage Act — this time as one of 15 parties expected to file legal briefs before an appellate court in a case involving a lesbian New York widower. [ Read more → ]

Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi bring AIDS conference to a close

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Former President Bill Clinton on Friday called for a more effective use of resources in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We need a new level of openness about how every last dollar is spent by countries, by governments, by NGOs,” he said during the International AIDS Conference’s closing session at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

U.S. House Democrats enter fight in California case against DOMA

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A group of 132 House Democrats — led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — filed on Tuesday a friend-of-the-court brief against the Defense of Marriage Act to assist litigation challenging the anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]

Barney Frank weds partner, becomes first U.S. Congressman to enter into same-sex marriage

Sunday, July 8, 2012
BOSTON -- Openly gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Saturday wed his partner of five years, James Ready, becoming the first sitting member of the U.S. Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

SPLC condemns House Republicans’ intervention in disabled veteran’s case

Monday, April 2, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday condemned efforts by House Republicans to prevent a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran and other married gay and lesbian veterans from receiving the same disability benefits provided to their married heterosexual counterparts. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi and Hoyer

Pelosi, Hoyer rebuke Boehner for DOMA defense in veteran case

Saturday, March 31, 2012
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders are continuing to criticize Speaker John Boehner for defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court and accuse him of going beyond his existing authority in defense of the anti-gay law ahead of his planned intervention in a lesbian veteran’s litigation against the statute. [ Read more → ]

San Francisco binational gay couple ‘elated’ over deferred deportation

Friday, January 6, 2012
Bradford Wells breathed a sigh of relief this week following the news that his Australian-native spouse, Anthony Makk, won’t be forced to leave the United States anytime soon -- Wells received a letter from U.S. Customs & Immigration Services that potential deportation action on Makk won’t happen for at least two years. [ Read more → ]
Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House Democrats join fight against DOMA in court

Saturday, November 5, 2011
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 132 other Democrats on Thursday joined in the fight to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in court by filing a legal brief in support of litigation against the anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
Left to right: Reps. Kevin McCarthy, John Boehner, Eric Cantor

Boehner, House GOP leadership move to defend DOMA in court

Friday, March 11, 2011
House GOP leadership took a key step this week that will allow it to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman [ Read more → ]

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to LGBT youth: ‘It Gets Better’ (Video)

Saturday, October 23, 2010
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) adds her voice to the chorus of Americans across the country as part of the "It Gets Better Project" to tell LGBT youth, "You are not alone, it gets better." [ Read more → ]

Pelosi: no vote on ENDA this year until Congress repeals ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
There will be no vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) until Congress completes legislative action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” according to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). [caption id="attachment_8298" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Pelosi"][/caption] During her weekly press conference on Friday, Pelosi told the Washington... [ 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 → ]
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