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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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 → ]
Carl Sciortino

Openly gay congressional candidate jousts with tea party dad in new ad

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
BOSTON — Congressional hopeful and Democratic state Rep. Carl Sciortino is playing up his liberal credentials in new ad featuring a light-hearted back-and-forth with his tea party dad, Carl Sciortino, Sr. [ Read more → ]
Paula Overby

Transgender candidate from Minn. announces run for U.S. Congress

Monday, August 12, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A transgender woman from Minnesota has announced her bid for a seat in the U.S. House, representing Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District. [ Read more → ]
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Lawmakers introduce LGBT-inclusive runaway, homeless youth act

Friday, August 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) on Thursday introduced legislation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender runaway and homeless youth. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

Kan. delegation leery of Huelskamp’s anti-gay marriage bill

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- A Republican congressman's legislation seeking a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has picked up more sponsors - except from his colleagues in Kansas. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

GOP lawmaker introduces bill to amend U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) on Friday introduced legislation to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. [ 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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Critics: Defense bill ‘conscience protections’ give license to discriminate against gays

Thursday, June 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday adopted an amendment to expand the so-called “conscience protections” in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and husband Philip Frank.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband receives House Spouse ID

Friday, May 10, 2013
Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband has received an ID issued only to the spouses of federal lawmakers. It is the first time the House has recognized the same-sex husband of a member with the House Spouse ID. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

Bill to repeal laws that criminalize HIV exposure introduced in U.S. House

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A California congresswoman on Tuesday reintroduced the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act in the U.S. House, a bill that would would lead to an eventual repeal of laws that criminalize exposing others to HIV. [ Read more → ]
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Bill to ban discrimination against gay adoptive, foster parents has bipartisan support

Monday, May 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A bill that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people seeking to adopt or become foster parents is due to be reintroduced Tuesday in the U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
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Employment Non-Discrimination Act reintroduced in Congress

Thursday, April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was reintroduced in both chambers of Congress on Thursday. The measure would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by civilian, nonreligious employers with at least 15 employees. [ Read more → ]
John Carney

Delaware’s lone U.S. Congressman supports same-sex marriage

Monday, April 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Delaware's lone U.S. congressman has announced his support for same-sex marriage. Democrat John Carney announced his support for marriage equality Monday on his website. [ Read more → ]
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Partisan split marks same-sex marriage cases before U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — No Democratic attorney general in a state that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying has signed onto a legal filing asking the Supreme Court to uphold California's constitutional ban on gay marriage. No Republican attorney general is asking the high court to rule in favor of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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Safe Schools Act re-introduced in U.S. House, aims to help prevent bullying

Thursday, March 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) on Thursday re-introduced The Safe Schools Improvement Act in the U.S. House, a bill to help ensure a safe learning environment at schools nationwide and provide necessary resources to prevent school bullying and reduce the rising drop-out rate. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. House approves anti-violence law with LGBT protections

Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]
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House to take up Senate’s LGBT-inclusive version of anti-violence act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Congress appeared on a course to renew the expired Violence Against Women Act after House Republican leaders on Tuesday agreed to take up a version of the 1994 anti-domestic violence law that passed the Senate two weeks ago by a wide, bipartisan margin. [ Read more → ]
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House GOP to strip protections for gays in its version of anti-violence act

Saturday, February 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate appeared headed for another partisan battle as the House prepared to take up its version of the once-noncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]
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Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

Friday, February 22, 2013
The Obama administration on Friday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing why it considers the federal Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

House, Senate bills aim to equalize benefits for same-sex military families

Friday, February 15, 2013
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress this week would change the definition of "spouse" in four areas of U.S. Code related to recognition, support, and benefits for married service members and veterans, in an effort to provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)AP file photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Boehner: House may consider Senate version of Violence Against Women Act

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the GOP's House leadership is considering a plan for moving forward with the Violence Against Women Act legislation. [ Read more → ]
Carl Sciortino

Openly gay Massachusetts lawmaker announces bid for U.S. House

Sunday, February 10, 2013
MEDFORD, Mass. -- An openly gay Massachusetts state lawmaker has announced plans to seek a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives should U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D) be successful in his bid for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

Monday, February 4, 2013
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is set to reintroduce legislation on Tuesday that would enable gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for a green card as debate continues over whether such language should be included as part of comprehensive immigration reform. [ Read more → ]
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