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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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Someone on Capitol Hill making transphobic edits to Wikipedia articles

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- An anonymous user with an IP address originating from the U.S. House of Representatives has repeatedly made edits to Wikipedia articles on topics related to the transgender community. Business Insider reports that the edits generally are critical of transgender individuals, and other users have called the changes "hate speech."

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Takano introduces bill to close Social Security, Medicare LGBT loopholes

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) on Tuesday introduced the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act in the U.S. House, a bill to close loopholes in the Social Security Act and guarantee that all married couples, including same-sex couples, receive the Social Security and Medicare spouse and survivor benefits that they have earned.

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Eighth GOP member of Congress announces support for marriage equality

| Monday, July 21, 2014
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.)
U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), a Tampa Bay-area Republican, said Monday he supported last week's ruling by a Monroe County, Fla., judge who said Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory and violates gay people's right to equal treatment under the law. "As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage," Jolly said in a statement. "But...

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Gay GOP candidate for U.S. House faces criticism from opposing camps

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
California Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he’s the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations.
WASHINGTON -- Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but he's the only one who has managed to make political adversaries of both social conservative and gay rights organizations. He's too open about his sexual orientation for some social conservatives, but too far to the right and too quiet on social issues ...

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Pelosi backs ENDA despite concerns over broad religious exemptions

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people. A number of national LGBT rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious exemption. The California Democrat says she understands the...

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U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney marries longtime partner

| Sunday, June 22, 2014
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COLD SPRING, N.Y. -- Freshman U.S. congressman Sean Patrick Maloney has married his longtime partner. The New York Democrat exchanged vows with Randy Gene Florke at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring.

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U.S. House hopeful says gays secretly plotting ‘to recruit and sodomize children’

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
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One of two Georgia Republicans who will face off in a run-off election in July for the GOP nomination in the 10th Congressional District is minister and talk-radio host Jody Hice, who believes that gay people have “a secret plot to recruit and sodomize children.'

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Aiken working to overcome singing fame to be considered a political candidate

| Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Congressional candidate Clay Aiken says voters in North Carolina are getting a different look at him from his "American Idol" background.

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Louie Gohmert compares gay rights advocates to Nazis in House speech

| Friday, May 9, 2014
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U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) putting your tax dollars to work by denouncing the “intolerance” of gay rights advocates in a speech referencing the Benham brothers, whose HGTV real estate reality show was canceled by HGTV before making it on the air following reports that one of the brothers is an active, anti-gay rights activist.

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Unofficial results give Aiken a win in N.C. primary, but absentee ballots remain

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Clay Aiken speaks to supporters during an election night watch party in Holly Springs, N.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Aiken is seeking the Democratic nomination for North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken held a slight edge over textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco in a congressional primary election Wednesday, with officials working to count every last ballot before declaring a winner.

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