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October 11, 2014

Carl DeMaio, who could become the first openly gay Republican ever elected to the United States Congress, denies groping, harassing and masturbating in front of his former aide

Carl DeMaio, a candidate from San Diego, California, has been accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

DeMaio is a candidate for California's 52nd congressional district in the November 4, 2014 election, and is challenging one-term incumbent Scott Peters. 

At a press conference on Wednesday, DeMaio, 40, called the allegations 'absolutely untrue' and a 'complete lie.'

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

July 9, 2014

'Can we have a straight Pride?' 'Are you a bigot if you believe in traditional marriage?' and 'Do you want a gay president?' are just a few of the questions Jesse Waters mocked parade-goers with at San Francisco Pride

Conservative news channel Fox New sent Bill O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Waters to San Francisco Gay Pride to ‘investigate’ the event.

While he spoke to all the right people including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, some drag queens and scantily clad boys, Waters' approach to pride-goers reinforced homophobic stereotypes and bordered on the insulting.

In the video footage, he’s seen asking two tall drag queens if they’re sure they don't like girls.

January 23, 2014

Andy Markle: 'I am not leaving the Republican Party; the Republican Party has left me'

Until a day ago, Andy Markle was a gay Republican running for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

But after Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma successfully orchestrated a political power play to get a constitutional marriage ban bill passed by a House committee, Markle has quit the party in disgust.

He tells Gay Star News he has been fighting 'an uphill battle' with the state GOP for some time and will now likely be running for the District 99 seat as an Independent. 

December 29, 2013

Utah's Republican leaders are comfortable with the projected costs of appealing Judge Robert J. Shelby's same-sex marriage ruling

Utah's incoming attorney general estimates the state will need $2 million (€1.4)  to appeal District Judge Robert J. Shelby' 53-page marriage equality decision.

Late last week Sean Reyes, who will be sworn in tomorrow (30 December) met with the state's Republican legislative leadership to discuss bringing in outside legal help for the case.

November 16, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner's office maintains getting meeting space for an anti-gay group 'does not imply endorsement'

The anti-gay group World Congress of Families held a meeting in the US Capitol complex because of help from House Speaker John Boehner's office.

Allan Carlson, president of the organization, thanked the speaker for permitting an event meant to teach elected officials about what can be learned from Russia's gay propaganda laws.

September 5, 2013

US Attorney General Eric Holder says the regulation blocking veteran spousal benefits to same sex-couples mirrors the Defense of Marriage Act language that was found unconstitutional

According to a new ruling by US Attorney General Eric Holder, veteran benefits will be extended to same-sex married couples.

The attorney general sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner explaining the administration's decision not to enforce what is known as Title 38 of the US Code.

According to Holder, Title 38 covers 'eligibility for benefits provided to veterans and their families, and in some instances active-duty service members or reserve members and their spouses.'

June 13, 2013

GetEQUAL takes the fight to the halls of Congress, demanding action on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Eight gay workers were arrested today (13 June) as they protested at the door of House Speaker John Boehner. The activists demanded the speaker bring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to a vote.

ENDA establishes national protections preventing employers from discriminating against an employee due to sexual orientation or gender identity.

May 11, 2013

House Speaker Paul Thissen talks about how Minnesota turned toward same sex marriage

Minnesota state House Speaker Paul Thissen had early doubts there were enough votes for a marriage bill.

'I wasn't particularly confident at all that we could get there. I mean I wasn't un-confident, but I just didn't know.'

May 9, 2013

Minnesota's House of Representatives will vote on gay marriage on Thursday, with Democrats hopeful the bill will pass

Minnesota could become the 12th US state to legalize gay marriage when the House of Representatives vote on the matter on Thursday (9 May).

House speaker Paul Thissen said he believed the bill has the 68 supporting votes needed to pass, even if no Republicans vote for it, as they have indicated.

'We are confident we have the votes to take the bill up this week,' said House majority leader Erin Murphy, MSNBC reports.

March 18, 2013

Republicans, the New Yorker magazine, gay marriage and some humor go a long way

The New Yorker magazine has fun with Republicans and gay marriage. Using the real story of Senator Rob Portman's announcement that he now is a supporter of gay marriage, writer Andy Borowitz creates an alternative (joke) world where Republicans have decided not to talk to their children.

March 17, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner 'can't imagine' his views on gay marriage changing

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner sat down for an interview today (17 March) with the ABC News show This Week. The US political leader was asked about fellow Republican John Portman's new position on gay marriage.

March 16, 2013

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has no plans on evolving when it comes to same sex marriage

Republican Senator Rob Portman's recent reversal on same sex marriage continues to reverberate in the GOP.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to be against marriage equality, but isn't running away from Portman's new position.

January 17, 2013

Could become tenth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage and the last do so in New England

Rhode Island is the only New England state in the US that has not yet made gay marriage legal.

But that may change as the state's House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Tuesday (22 January) vote on a marriage equality measure that would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the geographically smallest US state.

January 15, 2013

She is joined on stage by her partner Aimee Wilson during ceremony

Tina Kotek made history this week when she was sworn in as speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

She is the first lesbian in the state's history to serve in the post and has been a member of the House since 2007.

Kotek's partner, Aimee Wilson, sttod by her side during the swearing in.

GayPolitics.com reports that during her first address to the House chamber, 46 year old Kotek talked about inclusion and dialogue.

January 15, 2013

Lawmakers in the US smallest state are set to start debating the legalization gay marriage

Rhode Island's Statehouse is set to start debating legalizing gay marriage today (15 January).

Supporters of gay marriage said they will protest in front of the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to legalize marriage equality.

If successful it would be the smallest and tenth state to legalize gay marriage and the last do so in New England, report AP.

January 6, 2013

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

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.

December 19, 2012

They decry that $2 million has been spent with US facing 'enormous economic challenges'

Leaders of some of the largest LGBT organizations in the US are demanding that the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives stop spending money to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

The letter, addressed to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, states that 'Americans have sent a clear message that they want lawmakers to focus on strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and securing a bright future for generations to come.'

June 4, 2012

In the first of a special two-part feature, GSN looks at Barack Obama’s challenger in the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney, and his LGBT record

It’s officially official. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will meet in this November’s race for the White House.

This matchup has been penciled in all spring. After a GOP primary casting call that included mogul/TV reality boss Donald Trump, pizza man Herman Cain, Representative Michele Bachmann, former Senator Rick Santorum, and ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Romney is the last candidate standing.

April 15, 2012

House Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia recently came under fire for turning down a motion to bar free-sex practitioners and LGBTs

The House Speaker should voice out his stand on homosexuality and free sex since they are at odds with Malaysia’s moral and religious values, said Kedah Anti-Malpractices Action Body.

Khairul Anuar Ramli, chairman of the conservative group, claims that Pandikar Amin Muli, Speaker for the lower house Dewan Rakyat, should tell Malaysians why he rejected an anti-LGBT motion last week, reported the New Straits Times.