U.S. House of Representatives

The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the United States Congress. The major power of the House is to pass federal legislation that affects the entire country although its bills must also be passed by the Senate and further agreed to by the U.S. President before becoming law (unless both the House and Senate re-pass the legislation with a two-thirds majority in each chamber). Each U.S. state is represented in the House in proportion to its population but is entitled to at least one representative. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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Tim Cook

Apple CEO tweets U.S. House to pass ENDA on Civil Rights anniversary

Friday, April 11, 2014
Apple chief executive Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to remind the U.S. House of Representatives that on this 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it’s not too late to pass workplace protections for LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
capitol-flag

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 → ]
Clay Aiken

Clay Aiken announces bid for U.S. Congress

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" and "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up Clay Aiken joined another high-profile contest Wednesday - this one to get elected to the U.S. Congress in his native North Carolina. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mike D. Rogers   (R-Ala.)

U.S. congressman blasted for anti-gay remarks to Ala. realtors group

Sunday, February 2, 2014
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama gay and lesbian advocacy organization and the state association of realtors are blasting an Alabama congressman for making statements they consider inappropriate and offensive. [ 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 → ]
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus

Candidate: Autism, dementia are God’s punishment for abortion, gay marriage

Thursday, January 23, 2014
CHICAGO – A Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives says that autism and dementia are punishments from God, who is angry over abortion and same-sex marriage. [ 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 → ]
APU.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas)

GOP lawmaker wants to ban feds from recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages

Thursday, January 9, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require federal agencies to use a person's state of residence to determine federal recognition of marital status. [ Read more → ]
Charles Sykes, Invision (AP)Clay Aiken

Report: Clay Aiken ‘actively considering’ run for U.S. House

Saturday, January 4, 2014
Former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken is actively considering a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep.Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Calif. congresswoman reintroduces resolution targeting reparative therapy

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday reintroduced a resolution asking the U.S. House of Representatives to encourage states to take steps to prevent minors from being harmed by controversial and discredited gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [ 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 → ]
organ-donor

Bill lifting ban on HIV organ donation heads to Obama for signature

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation that lifts the federal ban on the donation of HIV-positive organs to HIV-positive recipients. [ 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 → ]
gay-rights-advances

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 → ]
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 → ]
Maloney-Sinema-Polis

Three LGBT Democrats in U.S. House have voted with GOP in budget fight

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- As Congress continues to wrestle with a bitter partisan divide that has crippled its ability to set a budget, keep the federal government open, and enable the nation to pay its bills, a few openly LGBT members of the U.S. House have surprised many by occasionally voting with Republicans. [ Read more → ]
Dean Young

From Alabama with love: One congressional candidate’s pledge of hate

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Did you know that in Mobile, Ala., there were nine Republicans running in a special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. And you're probably are wondering why you should care about this if you don’t live in the State of Alabama. You should care because one of these candidates – Dean Young - challenged the other eight to sign a pledge saying that, if they get elected, they will take any and all active steps to oppose same-sex marriage... [ Read more → ]
Sean-Eldridge

Husband of Facebook co-founder announces bid for U.S. House

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sean Eldridge, a former political strategist for Freedom to Marry and husband to Chris Hughes, Facebook co-founder and owner of The New Republic, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress to represent New York’s 19th congressional district in the U.S. House. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

‘Religious Freedom’ bill an effort ‘to reincarnate the Defense of Marriage Act’

Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to "prohibit discrimination through the federal tax code" against individuals or institutions that exercise religious conscience regarding marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
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