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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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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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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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