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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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GOP lawmaker proposes Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage … again

Saturday, February 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
Republican lawmaker Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has introduced a resolution in the U.S. House that proposes amending the Constitution so that only marriages between one man and one woman are legal. [...]

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GOP House committee blocks LGBT protections in education reform bill

Friday, February 13, 2015
U.S. Capitol
A U.S. House committee on Wednesday blocked two measures that would have provided protections for LGBT students as part of an education reform bill. [...]

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Transgender former Navy SEAL plans primary challenge to U.S. Rep. Hoyer

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Kristen Beck
Kristin Beck, a transgender former Navy SEAL, is planning a primary challenge to the second-ranking Democrat in the House, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer. [...]

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Cruz reintroduces bill to strip federal marriage benefits in states where gay marriage not legal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, a bill that would require the federal government to recognize only marriages that are valid under the laws of the state in which a couple reside. [...]

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Boehner: House GOP won’t weigh in on gay marriage cases before Supreme Court

Friday, February 6, 2015
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on same-sex marriage when the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue this Spring. [...]

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Two more GOP lawmakers sign-on to co‑sponsor DOMA repeal bill

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
U.S. Reps. Robert Dold (R-Ill.), left, and Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.).
Two more GOP lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors of the Respect for Marriage Act, raising the total to four Republicans supporting a bill that would fully repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. [...]

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Democrats reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on opening of 114th Congress

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
U.S. Capitol
Democratic lawmakers kicked off the 114th Congress on Tuesday by reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. [...]

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Merkley announces plans for legislation with broad LGBT protections

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley announced plans to introduce a broad measure aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBT Americans. [...]

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GOP-controlled House panel rejects bid to attach ENDA to defense bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House panel on Wednesday rejected an attempt to pass a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as part of the annual defense authorization bill. The Washington Blade reports that the amendment was introduced in the House Rules Committee by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) ... [...]

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Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes San Diego U.S. House race

Monday, November 10, 2014
Carl DeMaio
SAN DIEGO -- Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer. [...]

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