Congress

ENDA: All marked up and headed for the floor

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July 10, 2013
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In an almost perfunctory proceeding, the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee voted today to send S. 815  - aka the Employment NonDiscrimination Act –  to the Senate floor for a vote by the full body. It was the first meaningful Congressional action on ENDA since 2007, when a version passed the Houe that, […]

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Obama 2.0: LGBT issues in the second term

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November 13, 2012
Obama-pensive

  Tomorrow night (details here), I’m going to be on a panel with Gary Gates, Chad Griffin and Patrick Guerrero sponsored by the Williams Institute, discussing the impact of the election on lgbt rights. At the federal level, I see four clusters of issues as the most important questions likely to arise while Obama remains […]

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Congratulations Senator Baldwin

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November 7, 2012
Tammy-Baldwin

  Wisconsin voters have elected the first openly gay person to the United States Senate, where she will join Elizabeth Warren and a few more (than yesterday) other women. Baldwin won by 163,204 votes. 

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Election night storm watch

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November 4, 2012
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It’s been less than a week since Sandy (and the nightmare continues for many), but Tuesday night could be another wild ride. With the presidential election still close, and control of the Senate hanging in the balance, it’s going to be a bumpy night until all the results are in. For LGBT folks and allies, […]

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Lawyers rehearse Supreme Court arguments over DoMA

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September 29, 2012
Supreme-Court

On Thursday, the Second Circuit heard oral argument in Windsor v. OPM, the DoMA challenge brought by the ACLU on behalf of Edie Windsor, who got hit with a $750,000 tax bill that would not have applied to her if her marriage had been recognized.  This is one of the cases that plaintiffs are trying […]

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Sure am glad I’m not defending DoMA today

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December 16, 2011

At 9 a.m. PST on Friday, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of DoMA after having asked that the lawyers spend their 45 minutes of alloted time addressing two pages of specific questions rather than rehashing what is in their briefs. From what's on that list, it looks like Judge White […]

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