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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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Gay Maine congressman: Coming out has been good

| Sunday, November 10, 2013
Robert F. Bukaty, APU.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)
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."

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Advances in gay rights piling up, but battles still remain

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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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.

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U.S. Congressman, Maine candidate for governor announces he’s gay

| Monday, November 4, 2013
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine)
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.

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

| Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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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.

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

| Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Dean Young
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...

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

| Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sean Eldridge
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.

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

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
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.

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Domestic Partner bills would ensure all federal employees receive equal benefits

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
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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.

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

| Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Carl Sciortino
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.

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

| Monday, August 12, 2013
Paula Overby
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.

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