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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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Partisan split marks same-sex marriage cases before U.S. Supreme Court

| Saturday, March 16, 2013
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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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Safe Schools Act re-introduced in U.S. House, aims to help prevent bullying

| Thursday, March 14, 2013
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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.

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U.S. House approves anti-violence law with LGBT protections

| Thursday, February 28, 2013
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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.

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House to take up Senate’s LGBT-inclusive version of anti-violence act

| Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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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.

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House GOP to strip protections for gays in its version of anti-violence act

| Saturday, February 23, 2013
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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.

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Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA

| Friday, February 22, 2013
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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.

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

| Friday, February 15, 2013
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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.

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

| Thursday, February 14, 2013
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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.

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

| Sunday, February 10, 2013
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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.

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Nadler to reintroduce immigration bill that includes gay binational couples

| Monday, February 4, 2013
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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.

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