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Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (b. Feb. 11, 1962) is a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin and a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district from 1999 to 2013. Baldwin is the first openly gay U.S. Senator in history, elected to the Senate on Nov. 6, 2012, and assumed office Jan. 3, 2013.

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Meet Janet Mefferd, the go-to radio host for anti-LGBT hate mongers

Sunday, October 27, 2013
Janet Mefferd
Janet Mefferd has become one of talk radio's most relentless purveyors of homophobia, using her eponymous program to provide a platform to fringe anti-LGBT activists and to spout her own bigoted, occasionally conspiracy-minded views.

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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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N.J. Senate election: A case study in LGBT tolerance, equality, representation

Monday, September 2, 2013
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Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker has been something of a celebrity in the political arena. If you’re a New Jersey resident and you read the newspaper, you’d probably heard of him even before he announced his campaign for Senate. You’ve also probably heard of the speculation that he is gay. ... But the most important question here is not whether Cory Booker is gay. It is not even why he won’t confirm or deny it. The most important question at hand is this: are we ready to elect an openly gay man to the U.S.Senate?

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.)
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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Holder, Kerry honor LGBT staffers at pride events at Justice, State departments

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Departments of Justice at State celebrated LGBT pride this week, with events attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry, respectively.

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U.S. men’s professional sports finally joins gay rights trend

Monday, April 29, 2013
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NEW YORK — Jason Collins, who came out Monday as gay while still an active NBA player, broke one of the last remaining barriers in North America for gays and lesbians in era of constant political gains and ever-growing public acceptance.

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A Senator’s shift on marriage equality leads to soul-searching among GOP

Friday, March 15, 2013
Ohio Senator Rob Portman waves to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 29, 2012.Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
WASHINGTON — A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics — and views on emotional issues — are changing fast.

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State of the Union: Mixed reviews for Obama on LGBT issues

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, Associated Press/Pool
WASHINGTON -- President Obama continued his trend of including references to LGBT people in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

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Barney Frank passed over as interim U.S. Senator

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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The governor of Massachusetts on Wednesday announced his choice for the interim replacement for outgoing Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — and it’s not the gay former U.S. House member who was publicly lobbying for the position.

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Chuck Hagel: A disappointing choice from Obama

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
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Rather than use his mandate from winning re-election to reward his key constituencies, President Barack Obama has poked a stick in the eye of the LGBT community by turning to former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary -- a man who had an abysmal voting record in Congress and drew criticism for using anti-gay slurs back in 1998.

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