Boehner swears in gay congressmen with partners present despite opposition to gay marriage

The Republican leading Congressional opposition to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act has sworn in two gay congressmen with their partners and families present

Boehner swears in gay congressmen with partners present despite opposition to gay marriage
06 January 2013

Republican house speaker John Boehner has sworn in two incoming gay congressmen with their partners and families present despite his opposition to same-sex marriage and federal benefits going to same-sex couples.

Boehner swore in Representative Mark Pocan on Thursday with his husband Philip Frank standing by.

He also swore in Representative Sean Patrick Maloney with his long term partner Randy Florke and their children present.

Both men are Democrats who were swept into office during the 2012 US Presidential Election.

Maloney is the first openly gay congressman to represent New York state while Pocan inherited the congressional seat of Tammy Baldwin – the first openly gay woman in the US House of Representatives who became the first openly gay woman to be elected to the US Senate in 2012.

Things almost went awry for Maloney’s signing in ceremony as while his family were waiting to be called for the signing in his daughter Essie announced she was going to throw up and he had to rush her to the congressional ladies bathroom.

‘I was sure she was going to throw up under the press gallery and that would be the story of my first day in Congress,’ Maloney told the Wall Street Journal the following day.

‘Instead, we made it just into the women’s room right here. Was my first trip to the women’s room on the House floor. Probably my last.’

Boehner and fellow Republicans in Congress have spent nearly $2 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act which denies federal recognition to same-sex marriages since the Obama Administration announced the government would no longer defend the law in court.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Discover everything that Gay Star News has to offer

More than just news, we bring you the LGBTI world - 24/7!
Resources

Resources

Organizations, surveys, videos and advocacy groups that can help you improve LGBTI diversity and inclusion at work
No thumbnail available

Ross Mathews is ready for his close-up

Support from Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler boost former intern's TV career
No thumbnail available

Teacher accused of turning pupil lesbian

Educator in Florida, US, appeals for help after investigation into her conduct left her career in tatters
No thumbnail available

REVIEW – Hotel Rival, Stockholm

A slice of cinematic history in the capital of Sweden
No thumbnail available

Michael Sam cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad

'While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday'
No thumbnail available

Governor Deval Patrick signs beefed-up anti bullying bill

Massachusetts law has strenghtened protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.
No thumbnail available

Elton John and David Furnish show off new son in family portrait

Singer 'much less nervous' about the arrival of their second child
No thumbnail available

Meet the gay parents who will treat their babies like royalty

GSN is feeling all broody, so we had to speak to three sets of parents in different stages of the adoption process
No thumbnail available

Aussie actors out for equality

Australian performances of Dustin Lance Black's play 8 see stars come out for equality