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GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage

Rob Portman

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is now supporting gay marriage and says his reversal on the issue began when he learned one of his sons is gay. Ohio's junior senator disclosed his change of heart in interviews with several Ohio newspapers and CNN. In an op-ed published Friday in The Columbus Dispatch, he said the decision came after a lot of thought.


Baldwin makes history as new senator

Ever since her victory in November, Tammy Baldwin has almost downplayed the historic significance of her winning a seat in the U.S. Senate.


Congressman Frank to wed same-sex partner in Massachusetts

Barney Frank

Barney Frank, a gay 16-term congressman from Massachusetts, plans to marry his partner, his office said on Thursday.


Democrats push repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

Senate Democrats who back gay marriage have decided now is the time to repeal a federal law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.


Senate Republicans Ponder Marriage Vote as Clock Ticks

Many lawmakers and staff members say the issue would probably pass if it were brought up for consideration.


Senate votes to overturn 'don't ask, don't tell'

Senate votes to overturn 'don't ask, don't tell'

Vote clears way for passage of a bill to end policy, putting the campaign to end the ban on gay men and lesbians close to its conclusion.


Senate to hold showdown vote on 'don't ask'

The Senate is headed toward a landmark vote Saturday on legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military.


House passes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

House passes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly.


Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

Republicans blocked a last-ditch effort in the Senate to lift the military's ban on openly gay troops on Thursday, dealing a major blow to gay rights groups and making it unlikely Congress could...


Gates: Let gays in military; Marine chief: don't

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he hopes the outgoing Congress will approve legislation ending the military's ban on gays but was unsure of the prospects for success.


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