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Tammy Baldwin to Appointed to Senate Committees Overseeing LGBT Priorities

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, the first openly gay person elected to the chamber, has been appointed to committees dealing with long-standing LGBT legislation.

Watch: Christine Quinn Calls on Scalia to Apologize for Antigay Remarks

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to apologize for remarks he made comparing anti-sodomy bans to laws against bestiality and murder.

NYC Mayoral Candidate's Wife's Lesbian Past Rocks the Race

Democratic mayoral hopefuls in New York City coalesced around one of their own over the weekend as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray dealt with fallout from revelations that she once identified as a lesbian.

Supreme Court Will Hear Prop 8, DOMA Cases

The moment activists have long awaited arrived today as the Supreme Court announced it will hear a range of cases on same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court indicated that it will hear the challenge to the California marriage ban, called Proposition 8, and another by an elderly lesbian widow, Edith Windsor, against the Defense of Marriage Act.

Secretary Clinton Hails Progress in Speech to LGBT State Dept. Employees

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a speech to LGBT personnel Wednesday in which she remarked upon developments that have helped diversify the American diplomatic corps and advance human rights priorities within U.S. foreign policy over the past two decades.

Secretary Clinton to Address LGBT State Department Employees

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the 20th anniversary celebration for the State Department’s affinity group for LGBT employees Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

Obama Nominates Latina Lesbian Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro for Federal Judgeship

President Obama has nominated Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, who currently serves on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, for a federal judgeship with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Out Lesbian Elected Oregon House Speaker

Rep. Tina Kotek of Oregon will become the first out lesbian to lead a state legislative chamber after being elected House Speaker by her Democratic colleagues Thursday.

Meghan McCain Joins Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry

Meghan McCain, the political commentator and daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, has joined the leadership committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, the group working to build on the growing support for marriage equality expressed among young conservatives.

Federal Appeals Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional in Lesbian Widow Case

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act today in the case, Windsor v. United States, involving the lesbian widow, Edith “Edie” Windsor, marking the second time a federal appeals court has found the 1996 law unconstitutional. Defenders of DOMA could not demonstrate a legitimate interest for the federal government to treat same-sex married couples differently from any other married couples, the court ruled.

Watch: Country's 'Most Powerful Lesbian' Attacks Romney's Business Record During DNC

The woman who Seattle Gay News called "the most powerful lesbian in the country" delivered an attack on Mitt Romney's values during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. Mary Kay Henry, the first woman president of the Service Employees International Union, represents more than 2 million members worldwide. But she's a native of Detroit.

Democrats Approve Marriage Equality Platform

The Democratic Party made history at its national convention Tuesday when it became the first major American political party to endorse marriage equality in its platform, drawing a sharp contrast with the Republican Party’s official stance on the issue.

Paul Ryan's RNC Speech: Mitt Romney's a 'Defender' of Marriage

Paul Ryan hailed Mitt Romney as a “defender of marriage” in a primetime speech to the Republican National Convention largely devoted to a blistering critique of President Barack Obama and his policies.

Arizona State Lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

Former Arizona state lawmaker Kyrsten Sinema has won her Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives, pushing her one step closer to becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.

Lesbian Super PAC Announces Slate for 2012

LPAC, the first super PAC dedicated to increasing lesbian participation in politics, announced the first round of its 2012 political slate on Thursday, with a mix of pro-LGBT and pro-women candidates and ballot initiative campaigns around the country joining Tammy Baldwin as recipients of support.

GOProud Endorsed Tommy Thompson over Tammy Baldwin

GOProud, the group representing gay conservatives and their allies, announced that its board of directors has voted to endorse Tommy Thompson, the Republican opponent of Tammy Baldwin in the U.S. Senate contest, calling the former Wisconsin governor a “common-sense conservative” while charging that the congresswoman represents “the most liberal agenda in America.”

Suspect Charged in Family Research Council Shooting

Floyd Lee Corkins, II, the 28-year-old LGBT center volunteer who allegedly shot and wounded a security guard at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, has been charged with federal and District of Columbia offenses and will make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is prosecuting the case.

Tammy Baldwin will Face Off Against Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin Election

Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson won a hotly contested four-way primary Tuesday to secure the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate against Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat who could become the first openly gay person elected to the upper chamber this November.

Lesbian Super PAC Throws Support Behind Tammy Baldwin

LPAC, the super PAC launched to amplify lesbian voices in politics, announced that Tammy Baldwin, who is running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, would be the first candidate to receive its support. The group broke the not-so-surprising news to supporters Tuesday morning in an e-mail that called Baldwin’s campaign “important and historic.” The seven-term Democratic congresswoman could become the first openly gay person elected to the Senate, and voters today will select her Republican opponent from a field of four men, a contrast that LPAC emphasized in its fund-raising pitch.

Lesbian Buddhist Couple Become First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in Taiwan

Two women became the first same-sex couple to marry in a Buddhist ceremony in Taiwan on Saturday, an act the brides hope will prompt the country to recognize marriage equality. Agence France-Presse reports on the wedding of Fish Huang and You Ya-ting, both 30, at a monastery in Taoyuan in northern Taiwan. Shih Chao-hui, a female Buddhist minister and social activist, presided over the ceremony.