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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Rep. Jerrold Nadler is calling for legislative repeal of DOMA in the wake of court rulings against the law.Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

Nadler pushes DOMA repeal, despite recent court rulings

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A New York Democrat leading the charge against the Defense of Marriage Act in Congress is stressing the need for legislative action against the anti-gay law despite a string of victories in the courts. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Barney Frank opposes gay candidate for U.S. House because he’s a Republican

Friday, September 14, 2012
BOSTON, Mass. -- Retiring U.S. Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) says will not support the election of another openly gay man running for his seat because the congressional hopeful, Richard Tisei, is a Republican. [ Read more → ]
Michele Bachmann

Anti-gay Michele Bachmann in danger of losing congressional seat

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A recently conducted internal tracking poll for Democrats in Minnesota’s new 6th Congressional District shows that GOP incumbent Michele Bachmann could be in trouble. [ Read more → ]

Out Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin addresses Democratic Convention

Thursday, September 6, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), one of only four openly-LGBT members of Congress, took the podium at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, in a a prime-time opportunity to introduce herself to the nation. [ Read more → ]
Kyrsten Sinema

Bisexual woman wins Arizona congressional primary

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Openly bisexual candidate Kyrsten Sinema won a Democratic primary on Tuesday night and will advance to the November general election in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. [ Read more → ]

Gay congressional candidate wins key primary in Wisconsin

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The next openly gay member of Congress will almost certainly be Wisconsin State Rep. Mark Pocan, a progressive small business owner who won the Democratic primary tonight in the Congressional District that has been represented by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin for the past 14 years. [ Read more → ]
Richard Tisei

Gay Republican poised to upset incumbent congressman

Monday, August 13, 2012
Richard Tisei, an openly gay Republican candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, now has an even shot at beating his opponent, incumbent Democratic Rep. John Tierney, according to a new rating of the race by the paper Roll Call. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Duckworth

Anti-gay U.S. Rep. from Illinois faces challenge from LGBT advocate

Thursday, July 26, 2012
The anti-gay current representative of the 8th congressional district of Illinois faces a tight battle for reelection to the U.S. House in November, and is being challenged by LGBT advocate Tammy Duckworth. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

House OK’s amendment to Defense bill to prohibit gay unions on military bases

Friday, July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex ceremonies and would prevent military installations from being used for such ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

U.S. House Democrats enter fight in California case against DOMA

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A group of 132 House Democrats — led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — filed on Tuesday a friend-of-the-court brief against the Defense of Marriage Act to assist litigation challenging the anti-gay law. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)

Bill introduced to offer equal benefits to gay, lesbian service members

Monday, July 2, 2012
The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would exempt the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs from the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. [ Read more → ]
John Boehner

Boehner appeals DOMA cases to U.S. Supreme Court

Friday, June 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) attorneys on Friday formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an appeals court decision determining the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, according to a Democratic aide. [ Read more → ]
Tracey Cooper-Harris (right) with her spouse Maggie.

SPLC asks court to block House GOP attempt to delay disabled veteran’s case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday asked a federal court to block efforts by U.S. House Republicans to further delay a decorated 12-year U.S. Army veteran in a legal same-sex marriage from seeking the same benefits provided to other married veterans and their spouses. [ Read more → ]

Congressman defends remarks that employers should be able to fire gay employees

Friday, May 18, 2012
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) earlier this week told Think Progress that being gay is a “sexual preference” and a “choice issue,” and that he wouldn’t support employment protection legislation because people aren’t born gay. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves Violence Against Women Act without LGBT protections

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but unlike the LGBT-inclusive Senate version, the House bill failed to address discrimination faced by LGBT victims of domestic violence. [ Read more → ]
Paul Babeu

Embattled gay, Republican sheriff drops bid for U.S. Congress

Friday, May 11, 2012
FLORENCE, Ariz. -- Paul Babeu, the embattled Arizona sheriff who came out as gay amid allegations of misconduct made by a man with whom he had a relationship, has dropped his bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress, and will instead seek another term as sheriff. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves amendment reaffirming DOMA

Thursday, May 10, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House voted late Wednesday night in favor of a measure that aims to stop the Obama administration from taking any action in violation of the Defense of Marriage Act — even though the administration continues to enforce the law. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House panel rejects LGBT protections in domestic violence bill

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-controlled House panel beat back measures on Tuesday that would have made LGBT protections part of legislation aiming to extend federal authorization for domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]
Dave Strohmaier

Montana candidate for U.S. Congress airs marriage equality campaign ad

Monday, April 30, 2012
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana Congressional Candidate Dave Strohmaier, who is running as a progressive Democrat Montana's single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has released his first political commercial, a groundbreaking campaign ad that endorses marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

Friday, April 13, 2012
A Massachusetts federal court has turned down a request from attorneys representing gay troops to move up the deadline for House Republicans to intervene in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

72 House lawmakers to Obama: Sign ENDA executive order

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A group of 72 U.S. House members are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to institute federal non-discrinination protections for LGBT people in the workplace. [ Read more → ]
Paul Babeu

Outed Arizona sheriff ‘110 percent in the race for Congress’

Monday, February 27, 2012
The recently outed gay sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., says if he’s elected to Congress he’ll support pro-LGBT initiatives and help change perceptions lawmakers have about gay people, and that his election would be “very impactful and helpful” in changing “the views, perceptions, beliefs about who we are.” [ Read more → ]
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)

New bill in Congress aims to prohibit gay weddings on military bases

Sunday, January 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker has introduced new legislation aimed at prohibiting gay and lesbian service members from marrying on U.S. military bases, and would require new regulations related to chaplains and other military personnel. [ Read more → ]

Giffords to resign from Congress to focus on recovery from Tucson shooting

Sunday, January 22, 2012
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in a massacre that left six others dead one year ago, has announced that she will resign from Congress this week. [ Read more → ]
Krysten Sinema

Openly bisexual Arizona state Senator announces bid for U.S. Congress

Friday, January 6, 2012
PHOENIX -- Openly bisexual Arizona state Senator Kyrsten Sinema has announced she's resigning her Senate seat to launch a campaign for U.S. House, representing Arizona's newly drafted Ninth Congressional District. [ Read more → ]
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