Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 12/5/2013
Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he believes the GOP should support the party's openly gay candidates.
"I do," he said when asked by CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash if he backs such House hopefuls.
Washington (CNN) - Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign is blasting House Speaker John Boehner for scheduling a room on Capitol Hill for a meeting of individuals the organization accuses of supporting Russia's anti-LGBT "propaganda" law.
Speakers from a variety of groups that support things like traditional marriage took part in a symposium on Friday by the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society – a traditional marriage group.
The event was called "Family Policy Lessons from Other Lands: What Should America Learn?"
Human Rights Campaign argued in a statement the event was used "to promote using Russia's anti-gay laws as a model for the U.S."
Washington (CNN) - For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace.
The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the Democratic-led chamber on Thursday, 64 to 32.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The Senate will take up an anti-discrimination bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.
The Senate is set to vote on a key procedural measure Monday afternoon. It's the first time the Senate has moved to take up a comprehensive form of the bill.FULL STORY
(CNN) – The government shutdown has caused Vice President Joe Biden to back out of a keynote address to the annual dinner of the national gay and lesbian group Human Rights Campaign, according to his office Thursday.
Biden had been scheduled to be speak at the Human Rights Campaign's national dinner in Washington Saturday night. An HRC spokesman confirmed that Biden had cancelled.
Update 11:16 a.m. ET - Christie has signed the bill into law.
Washington (CNN) – New Jersey will become the second state to forbid gay conversion therapy for minors when Gov. Chris Christie signs legislation into law Monday banning the highly controversial practice, CNN has learned.
Gay conversion therapy is an effort championed by people who believe that you can change a person’s sexual orientation through counseling. The American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and American Psychological Association are just a handful of professional organizations that oppose this practice, saying it is harmful.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday he has “no patience for countries that try to treat gays or lesbians or transgender persons in ways that intimidate them or are harmful to them.”
Speaking to “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the president was asked by the host about recent legislation in Russia that cracks down on gay rights.
(CNN) - Police arrested members of an LGBT group on Thursday during a protest outside of House Speaker John Boehner's district office on Capitol Hill.
The activists who were handcuffed and taken into custody are affiliated with GetEQUAL action, the same lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization that disrupted the first lady's DNC event last week.
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama had a rare run-in with an audience heckler Tuesday during a fund-raising event in Washington for the Democratic National Committee.
The outburst from the crowd distracted Obama at a point in her speech when she was speaking emotionally about children and their futures, prompting her to threaten to leave if the woman wanted to keep speaking.
Washington (CNN) - As the Senate Judiciary Committee neared completion of its consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Tuesday, it remained unclear whether the panel's top Democrat would move forward with a pair of controversial gay rights amendments vehemently opposed by congressional Republicans.
The amendments, offered by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, would recognize same-sex marriages in which one spouse is an American, and also would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born same-sex partners for green cards given proof of a committed relationship.FULL STORY