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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Vicki C. Jackson

Amicus brief: U.S. Supreme Court does not have authority to rule on DOMA

Thursday, January 24, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court does not have the authority to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, argued a Harvard professor in a brief filed Thursday with the high court. [ Read more → ]
US Supreme Court

House GOP to Supreme Court: Gays too powerful to warrant judicial protection

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Republican members of the U.S. House leadership on Tuesday told the U.S. Supreme Court it should uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as constitutional, arguing that gays and lesbians are a powerful interest group, and do not warrant "judicial intervention." [ Read more → ]

Democrats work to extend gay-inclusive anti-violence bill

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Congressional Democrats have renewed their push to revive the key federal program that protects women against domestic violence. They sought to diminish Republican objections that blocked passage of the legislation last year by removing a provision that would increase visas for immigrant victims of domestic abuse. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

Calif. congresswoman re-introduces Juror Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-Calif.) has re-introduced legislation to prohibit a person from being removed from a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

House GOP leadership quietly increases cap on DOMA defense to $3 million

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives' continuing effort to defend the federal "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) will soon reach $3 million. Late Monday, House Democrats learned that Republican leadership had again privately raised the spending cap with attorney Paul Clement and the Washington-based... [ Read more → ]
Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor and the Violence Against Women Act — What is wrong with these Republicans?

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Since the introduction of The Violence of Women Act in 1994, the bill has passed in a bipartisan manner – until now. Eric Cantor didn’t like it – so he killed the bill. He killed the bill because he and other House Republicans didn’t like the portions of the bill that had been expanded by the Senate to cover immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and the Native American community living within tribal jurisdiction. [ Read more → ]
John BoehnerPhoto: Michael Key, Washington Blade

U.S. House approves rules affirming commitment to DOMA

Friday, January 4, 2013
As one of its first acts of the 113th Congress, the U.S. House on Thursday approved a set of governing rules that includes language authorizing the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend the Defense of Marriage Act against litigation in court. [ Read more → ]
Reps. Charles Bass (left) and Richard Hannah.

Two GOP congressmen announce support for DOMA repeal

Thursday, December 27, 2012
Two Republican members of the U.S. House have announced their support for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]

Defense budget bill includes anti-gay ‘conscience’ provision

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The final version of major Pentagon budget legislation includes watered-down “conscience” language similar to the anti-gay provision found in the House version of the bill, according to a top House Democrat on defense issues. [ Read more → ]

LGBT leaders to House GOP: Stop wasting tax dollars defending DOMA

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Leaders of ten of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights advocacy organizations on Tuesday called on the U.S. House Republican leadership to stop funding the legal defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Republicans aggressively pushing for an anti-gay provision in defense bill

Friday, December 14, 2012
Some House Republicans are pushing for inclusion of a “conscience protection” clause in the final version of Pentagon budget legislation that could enable discrimination against gay service members, according to LGBT advocates familiar with conference committee negotiations. [ Read more → ]
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

House GOP agrees to $500K hike in cost cap to defend DOMA

Friday, December 14, 2012
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has pledged to continue defending of the Defense of Marriage Act at the Supreme Court as a newly public contract reveals House Republicans secretly agreed to raise the cost cap for doing so to $2 million. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Congresswoman calls for end to LGBT ‘conversion quackery’

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday introduced the Stop Harming Our Kids (SHOK) resolution, co-sponsored by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.), aimed a protecting LGBT youth from psychological abuse caused by "gay to-straight" conversion therapy. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)

Calif. Congresswoman to introduce resolution targeting reparative therapy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has announced that she will introduce a House resolution on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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 → ]
The new LGB members of the U.S. House. Clockwise, from upper left clockwise: Kyrsten Sinema, Mark Takano, Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan.Photos: Kyrsten Sinema, courtesy photo; Mark Takano, courtesy photo; Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan by Michael Key, Washington Blade.

Newly elected out U.S. House members talk LGBT issues

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Nov. 6 election resulted in four new lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates winning seats in the House of Representatives and all eyes are now on them to see what they’ll do on LGBT issues upon taking office. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis pledges to take the lead on ENDA

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A Colorado congressman who’s set to become the most senior openly gay member of the U.S. House is pledging to take the lead on perhaps the most high-profile piece of pro-LGBT legislation: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. [ Read more → ]
Kyrsten Sinema

LGBT candidate Sinema declared winner in Arizona U.S. House race

Monday, November 12, 2012
PHOENIX -- Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Monday was declared the winner in the election to represent Arizona's Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. [ Read more → ]
Mark Takano

Openly gay Asian American first LGBT person of color in U.S. Congress

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Openly gay Democrat Mark Takano beat his Republican opponent John Tavaglione by a double-digit margin in the race for California's U.S. House District 41, and will become the first LGBT person of color in the U.S. Congress. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Openly gay Republican defeated in Massachusetts U.S. House race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SALEM, Mass. -- The contest for the 6th Congressional District race ended with veteran Democratic U.S. Congressman John Tierney defeating openly gay Republican challenger Richard Tisei. [ Read more → ]
Jared Polis

Openly gay congressman Jared Polis cruises to re-election in Colorado

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Jared Polis, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, won re-election Tuesday to the U.S. House. He first won election from Colorado’s Second District in 2008, becoming the first openly gay man to be elected to Congress. [ Read more → ]
Sean Patrick Maloney

New York sends openly gay candidate to U.S. Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sean Patrick Maloney has become the second openly gay non-incumbent to win election to Congress tonight.  He beat Rep. Nan Hayworth, a Republican who is serving in her first term in the House. [ Read more → ]
Mark Pocan

Mark Pocan will be next openly-LGBT member of Congress

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Democratic Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan will succeed Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. House of Representatives, marking the first time an openly LGBT member of Congress will be followed by another in the same Congressional District. [caption id="attachment_67197" align="alignright" width="300"] Mark Pocan[/caption] Pocan easily... [ Read more → ]
Joe Kennedy III

Joe Kennedy III wins seat held by retiring congressman Barney Frank

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
BOSTON -- The American first family of Democratic politics is back in national prominence as the 32-year-old grandson of the slain New York Senator Robert Kennedy has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District. [ Read more → ]

GOP Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh loses Congressional seat

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
CHICAGO -- U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) was defeated tonight in his bid for re-election in Illinois' 8th Congressional district seat by former Veteran's Affairs Administration official and U.S. Army National Guard Reserve Lt. Colonel, Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who lost both her legs during the Iraq war. [ Read more → ]
David Cicilline

Out Congressman David Cicilline re-elected in Rhode Island

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Gay Rep. David Cicilline won re-election to Congress on Tuesday from Rhode Island. Cicilline, a former two-term mayor of Providence, should have had a relatively easy race for a second term in office in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 3 to 1 margin, according to most political observers in Rhode Island. [ Read more → ]
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