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September 3, 2014

Adoption and social security rights will also be extended to gay couples

Coahuila on Monday became the first Mexican state to formally approve gay marriage through its legislature.

Lawmakers approved 40 changes to the state’s civil code that will extend all marital rights to gay couples, including adoption and social security.

The changes were passed by 19 votes to three and could come into effect as early as next week.

Leftist congressman Samuel Acevedo, who proposed the changes in March, told journalists the change was 'a great step forward.'

August 19, 2014

67% of Republican voters would be happy to vote for an openly gay candidate but most still wouldn’t want to find out someone in their family was gay, according to new polling

New polling by researchers at McClatchy and Marist College has found that only 30% of Republican voters would have a big problem with their party selecting an openly gay or lesbian candidate to be their representative, with 67% saying a candidate’s sexuality would have no baring as long as they had good qualifications.

July 22, 2014

Florida representative speaks out in favor of judge's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in the state's Monroe County

Republican David Jolly is quickly proving to be his own man.

Less than five months into his term as a freshman member of the US House of Representatives from Florida, Jolly has come out publicly in favor of same-sex member despite being a member of a political party that has steadfastly been opposed to it.

June 24, 2014

Representative from New York had already been with husband Randy Florke for more than 20 years

US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and longtime partner Randy Florke got married over the weekend in New York.

Although they are technically newlyweds, the couple has been together for more than 21 years and have three children.

The couple exchanged vows at the Church of St. Mary-in-the-Highlands in Cold Spring, New York, according to CBS New York.

June 19, 2014

Brian Schweitzer: 'Men in the South, they are a little effeminate'

First Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses his job in a stunning primary defeat and now he's apparently setting off the gaydar of the former governor of Montana.

Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who was governor of Montana from 2005 to 2013 was asked by a National Journal reporter this week for his thoughts on the Virginia congressman being ousted from his seat by a Tea Party candidate.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

May 28, 2014

Pennsylvania's Charlie Dent: 'In future generations the label same-sex marriage will be abandoned, to be replaced simply by marriage'

A sitting Republican member of the US House of Representatives publicly supporting gay marriage?

It has happened.

While the GOP remain officially against same-sex marriage, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent went on the record Wednesday (28 May) stating that he will no longer be toeing the party line on this issue.

May 19, 2014

The two sons of gay Peruvian politician Carlos Bruce say they don’t care their father is gay, and they support him completely in his coming out

Newly-out Peruvian politician Carlos Bruce has been congratulated for coming out by his two sons, saying his sexuality does not bother them at all.

Last week Bruce, a congressman in the capital Lima, became the first openly gay member of Congress in Peruvian history.

Since his coming out was published in newspaper El Comercio, his two sons Alex and Paul, have said they don’t care about his sexuality and they don’t judge him.

May 10, 2014

In an astounding leap of logic, he accuses marriage equality proponents of being like Nazis and persecuting those, such as himself, who oppose same-sex marriage

Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert on Friday accused LGBTI activists and people who support same-sex marriage as demonstrating  the same 'fascist intolerance' shown by the Nazis.

April 21, 2014

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month and executive producer Alec Baldwin will host a Q&A session with the retired openly gay lawmaker at the screening

‘Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,’ a documentary about the life and times of the first openly gay US congressman to get legally married will premier at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on 27 April.

The film has been executive produced by actor Alec Baldwin who has called the retired Democratic Representative from Massachusetts ‘a personal hero of mine.’

‘His legacy in Congress – and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman – is important for our country,’ Baldwin said in a statement.

April 3, 2014

Peruvian lawmaker Carlos Bruce has received a 10,000 signature petition collected by a coalition who are trying to drum up support for his plan to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions

Peru’s Lima Homosexual Movement and other groups trying to drum up support for the introduction of same-sex civil unions in Peru have presented a petition signed by 10,000 people to the lawmaker trying to spearhead the proposal.

January 30, 2014

Itay Hod believes closeted politicians with anti-gay voting records should be outed: 'I made it very clear as to who I was talking about'

Itay Hod was already not a fan of Aaron Schock, a Republican congressman from Illinois who has toed the party line and consistently voted against pro-LGBT legislation.

But the openly gay freelance journalist, who worked for CBS News for several years, reached his boiling point earlier this month when he heard a story about Schock from a friend, a fellow reporter.

January 14, 2014

New York congressman has already been with partner for more than 20 years - had wanted to wait for marriage on national level

On Christmas Day, US Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and longtime partner Randy Florke had a special present for their three kids: they had gotten engaged to be married.

Maloney and Florke live in New York and have been together for 21 years but had previously vowed to wait to get married when marriage equality had reached every state in the US.

January 14, 2014

Texan Republican Representative Randy Weber has introduced legislation which would effectively divorce same-sex married couples in the eyes of the US Government if they moved to a state that bans gay marriage

Texan Republican congressman Randy Weber has drafted what he calls a ‘State Marriage Defense Act’ that would ensure the US Government stops recognizing the marriages of legally married same-sex couples as soon as they move to a state that bans gay marriage.

Weber claims denying Federal Government benefits to same-sex married couples who move states is a states rights issue.

January 5, 2014

Fed up with closeted anti-LGBT politicians and the complicity of the media, a gay journalist has accused Illinois Republican congressman Aaron Schock of being gay and voting against equal rights

When is it acceptable to out gay politicians especially when they have been voting against bills that would bolster equal rights for gays, asks freelance reporter Itay Hod, who is himself gay.

November 4, 2013

Would make history as first out governor of a US state if he wins 2014 gubernatorial election

US Congressman Mike Michaud has just come out as gay and asks: 'Why should it matter?'

Michaud, who has been representing Maine since 2003, got a bit of a nudge due to what he called a 'whisper campaign' by political opponents ahead of next year's race for governor.

September 20, 2013

Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association made claims following rumors of Clinton having a lesbian affair

A homophobic commentator has made the claim that Hillary Clinton could become the first ‘lesbian president’ of the United States.

Bryan Fischer, of the anti-gay American Family Association, made the claims on a video released on the AFA’s website, in which he asserts that Clinton may be having a lesbian affair with her transition office chief Huma Abedin, wife of disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.

September 18, 2013

Peru’s Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne has implied that civil unions bill author Carlos Bruce is a homosexual for supporting LGBT equality

Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, archbishop of Lima, has used a radio appearance to attack the author of a bill which would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions – implying that lawmaker Carlos Bruce is gay.

June 22, 2013

Michael Rogers maintains the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is the reason he is returning to outing closeted politicians who vote against LGBT equality

The reporter/blogger known for kicking politicians out of the closet warns he may out a gay member of the US Congress.

In an interview with US News & World Report, Michael Rogers reveals he is about to get evidence that there is one US House of Representative member who has gay sex and is anti-gay.

'Oh, it's going to happen because it has been happening for a long time,' he said to the magazine.

June 20, 2013

'Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief'

When Congressman Louie Gohmert was asked about the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), his answer raised some eyebrows.

First, the Republican from Texas needed clarification on what exactly ENDA is.

When told by ThinkProgress that it is proposed legislation that protects LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace, Gohmert was dismissive of it.

June 15, 2013

DOMA supporter Ralph Hall accidentally walked into a gay fundraiser thinking it was an event for a fellow congressman

Anti-gay Congressman Ralph Hall was spotted at an LGBT fundraiser this week.

Hall wasn’t there to show a change of heart on his anti-gay marriage views, however. He walked into the wrong door by mistake.

The DOMA supporter meant to make an appearance at an event for a fellow congressman scheduled for the same day. He instead strolled into an event for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an American organization that provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates.

May 17, 2013

USA's first openly gay congressman and an 11-year-old transgender girl are among the award winners honored in this year's pride parade

Los Angeles Pride has announced 2013’s honor award winners and Grand Marshal for this year’s pride march.

Straight allies of the LA gay community have been honoured along with several LGBT organisations for their community service, pride organizers Christopher Street West told GSN.

Among the honourees are a Super Bowl champion, USA’s first openly gay congressman and an 11-year-old transgender girl who fought for identity in school.

May 2, 2013

Now NBA giant Jason Collins has come out as gay, Reverend Irene Monroe looks at what it will mean for sports fans and gay African Americans

The professional sports world has been waiting for a Jason Collins moment – a gay athlete currently playing in a major league to come out publicly. What you may not know is that the subtext is that it was hoped the moment would star an African American male.

The African American community, let alone the sports world, desperately needed an openly gay, current, male, professional player.

April 15, 2013

Marsha Blackburn, John Boehner, George Holding and Michele Bachmann form an anti-gay Republican delegation attending Lady Thatcher’s funeral

Four anti-gay Republican politicians form a delegation that will attend Lady Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday (17 April).

The delegation is lead by two anti-gay Republican members of the US Congress.

John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, who is a staunch opponent of gay marriage.

As well as Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who spearheaded an attempt to overturn marriage equality in Washington, D.C. and co-chaired the committee that drafted the 2012 national Republican platform, considered the most antigay in history.