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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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Gillibrand to introduce legislation to prohibit anti-LGBT adoption bias

Sunday, May 17, 2015
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)
The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating against adoptive or foster parents based on sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. ...

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Ted Cruz introduces bills to block marriage equality for same-sex couples

Friday, April 24, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has filed two bills to protect states that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying. ...

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Cory Booker delivers impassioned speech on Senate floor to underscore need for marriage equality

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Cory-Booker
The N.J. Senator took to the Senate floor to underscore the importance of nationwide marriage marriage equality, and to tell the story of Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in one of six cases to be heard by the Supreme Court. ...

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Senate OKs budget amendment granting VA, Social Security benefits to married same-sex couples

Friday, March 27, 2015
U.S. Capitol
Eleven GOP senators, many of whom face competitive re-election fights in 2016, supported the amendment offered by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). ...

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Ted Cruz seeks to overturn D.C. laws on gay rights, reproductive health

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Ted Cruz
The measures, known as disapproval resolutions, could in theory halt local laws passed last year by the D.C. Council and signed by the city’s mayor. ...

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Cruz reintroduces bill to strip federal marriage benefits in states where gay marriage not legal

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, a bill that would require the federal government to recognize only marriages that are valid under the laws of the state in which a couple reside. ...

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Shaheen reintroduces bill to extend veterans benefits to same-sex spouses

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
The Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act is named after a New Hampshire National Guard officer who died in 2013 after a battle with breast cancer. ...

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Democrats reintroduce DOMA repeal bill on opening of 114th Congress

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
U.S. Capitol
Democratic lawmakers kicked off the 114th Congress on Tuesday by reintroducing the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

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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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