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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. 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. His confirmation to the court would be another historic event...

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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 of ...

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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 Illinois.

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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. [caption id="attachment_133516" align="alignright" width="450"] Courtesy: Kathryn RobertsonKristopher Sharp (left) with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.[/caption]...

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Lawmakers call on Obama to sign executive order protecting LGBT workers

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Nearly 200 Congressional lawmakers on Tuesday sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday calling for an Executive Order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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U.S. Senate confirms first out lesbian to federal bench in Michigan

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Judith Levy
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate this week voted to confirm Judith Levy as a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Levy, 55, becomes the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan.

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GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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