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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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Lawmakers reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on heels of Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 27, 2013
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
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).

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Lawmakers announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Friday, June 21, 2013
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), left, and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)
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.

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Congressman proposes to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Saturday, June 8, 2013
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
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.

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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.

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

Friday, May 10, 2013
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), and husband Philip Frank.
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.

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

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
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.

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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.

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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.

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

Monday, April 1, 2013
John Carney
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.

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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.

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