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The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives makes up the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each U.S. state is represented by two senators, regardless of population, who serve staggered six-year terms. [ Website ] [Wikipedia ]

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U.S. Senate confirms first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Robert-Pitman
Robert Pitman becomes the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal bench in Texas, and also assumes a seat that had been vacant for more than six years. [...]

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Merkley announces plans for legislation with broad LGBT protections

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley announced plans to introduce a broad measure aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBT Americans. [...]

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Portman rules out presidential bid, says gay marriage support not a factor

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says he will not run for president in 2016, choosing instead to seek a second term in the Senate over the Republican nomination for the White House. [...]

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U.S. Attorney would be first openly gay federal judge in Texas

Sunday, June 29, 2014
Robert Pitman
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman to fill a judicial vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Pitman, who is openly gay, made history in 2011 when he became the first openly gay U.S. attorney in Texas. [...]

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she supports marriage equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Susan Collins
PORTLAND, Maine -- Republican Sen. Susan Collins has come out in support of same-sex marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. The Maine Republican provided her personal view when asked by several news organizations. She said she agrees with the decision [...]

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U.S. Senate confirms two openly gay nominees to the federal bench

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed two openly gay nominees to the federal bench, the White House announced. Darrin Gayles was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and Staci Yandle was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of [...]

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Orrin Hatch: Same-sex marriage will soon become law of the land

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
U.S. Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah)
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch says it's obvious that gay marriage will become legal across the country sooner or later. [...]

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Bill introduced to ensure Social Security equality for same-sex spouses

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) on Thursday introduced a bill to provide married, same-sex couples with equal treatment under the Social Security Act when applying for Social Security benefits, regardless of where they reside. [...]

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U.S. Senate hopeful: ‘Marriage is defined by God and it predates government’

Monday, April 21, 2014
Ben Sasse
Ben Sasse, the GOP US Senate candidate from Nebraska who has garnered endorsements from Tea Party-aligned groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund, appeared on Friday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show to reiterate his commitment to the social conservatives cause. [...]

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Higher Education Anti-harassment Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Courtesy: VKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to enact an anti-harassment policy. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2014 would mandate policies that prohibit harassment of students by their [...]

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