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Pro-gay marriage GOP super PAC has strong Q1, gay GOP candidates fall short

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A Republican super PAC aimed at supporting pro-gay marriage GOP candidates raised a strong $2.75 million in the first quarter of 2014, but gay Republicans candidates for U.S. Congress fell short in fundraising. [ Read more → ]
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IOC pressured by All Out, U.S. lawmakers to ban anti-LGBT discrimination

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is Chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Kerry pressed to review U.S. aid to countries with anti-LGBT laws

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus called on the Obama administration Tuesday to review all aid to countries with laws criminalizing homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais,  APBarack Obama

House backs bill to sue president for not enforcing federal laws, such as DOMA

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Casting Barack Obama as a president run amok, the House voted on Wednesday for a bill that would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws. [ Read more → ]
Al-McAffrey

Openly gay Oklahoma state senator to run for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY — A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City says he plans to run for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.)

Opponent’s campaign attacks Clay Aiken as ‘San Francisco values’

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — LGBT North Carolinians reacted swiftly Wednesday to a statement from U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers’ campaign team, which used coded anti-LGBT language to attack Clay Aiken, who earlier announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
Clay Aiken

Democratic consultant confirms: Clay Aiken considering run for Congress

Saturday, January 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pop singer Clay Aiken, who first made a name for himself as a contestant on "American Idol," is considering a run for Congress in North Carolina's 2nd District, a state Democratic Party consultant confirmed on Friday. [ Read more → ]
Jim Cole, APNew Hampshire Republican Congressional candidate Dan Innis, right,  with his partner Doug Palardy, in Portsmouth, N.H.

Three gay Republicans seek election history with bids for U.S. Congress

Sunday, January 19, 2014
Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House. It didn't matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history - no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (second from right), with partner Randy Florke (center) and children (from left) Jesus, Essie and Daley.

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Freshman U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney plans to marry his long-time partner, who proposed over Christmas. [ Read more → ]
ENDA

Report: Majority of Americans in every congressional district support ENDA

Friday, November 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A majority of Americans in every U.S. congressional district support laws that protect against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, such as the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed last week by the U.S. Senate, according to new research from UCLA’s Williams Institute. [ Read more → ]
HIV

U.S. Senate approves extension of program to combat AIDS

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate has approved an extension of a program established by former President George W. Bush to fight AIDS worldwide. [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Boehner still opposed to ENDA, calls workplace protections bill ‘unnecessary’

Thursday, November 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday reiterated his opposition to federal legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Robert F. Bukaty, APU.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

Sunday, November 10, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- When the intensely private U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud laid bare his private life and announced he's gay, one openly gay congressman joked that the Maine Democrat had never registered on his "gaydar." [ Read more → ]
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Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
NEW YORK -- In Maine, a congressman running for governor came out as gay. In Hawaii, lawmakers prepared for a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. And in the U.S. Senate, seven Republicans joined the Democrats in a landmark vote to ban workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. [ Read more → ]
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Workplace discriminiation bill heads for first hurdle in U.S. Senate

Monday, November 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate prepared to push a major, anti-bias gay rights bill past a first, big hurdle Monday, a clear sign of Americans' greater acceptance of homosexuality nearly two decades after lawmakers narrowly rejected discrimination legislation. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)

U.S. Congressman, Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

Monday, November 4, 2013
PORTLAND, Maine -- A six-term congressman and former paper mill worker hoping to unseat Maine Gov. Paul LePage next year announced that he's gay - a response to what he called a "whisper campaign" by political opponents hoping to weaken his gubernatorial bid. [ Read more → ]
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Bipartisan support boosts prospects for workplace discrimination bill

Saturday, November 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gay rights advocates - including both Republicans and Democrats - are newly upbeat about the prospects for Senate passage of a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]
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Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

Thursday, September 19, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers press Kerry on Americans’ safety during Olympic games in Russia

Monday, August 5, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of 88 Congressional lawmakers, led by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure the saftey of American athletes and spectators at the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on heels of Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday reintroduced the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Congress, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), left, and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday proposed legislation that would ensure gay and lesbian service members who were discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation would have their military records upgraded to reflect honorable service. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

Congressman proposes to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Saturday, June 8, 2013
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- An estimated 100,000 gay and lesbian service members were issued dishonorable or "undesirable" discharges between World War II and 1993 due to their sexual orientation, losing their military benefits as a result. [ Read more → ]
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GOP, Religious leaders: Gay rights plan threatens immigration bill

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders said Wednesday that adding a gay rights proposal to immigration legislation could risk their support for the bill, setting up a potential Senate showdown. [ Read more → ]
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