Tag Archives: Ed Markey

Democrats Seek Federal Ban On “Gay Panic” Defense

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: The use of a panic defense to justify anti-LGBT violence in federal court will come to an end if new legislation introduced this week by a pair of Massachusetts Democrats becomes law. The bill, introduced by Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) in the U.S. House and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in the U.S. Senate, …

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Senate Dems Force Wednesday Vote On Net Neutrality

The Hill reports: Democrats will force a Senate vote on Wednesday on a bill that would save the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules from repeal. Senate Democrats filed a discharge petition on the bill last week, starting the clock on the long-shot effort to preserve the Obama-era consumer protections. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would use …

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Senate Dems Force Vote To Bring Back Net Neutrality

Common Dreams reports: Net neutrality advocates have hit an important milestone and are gaining ground in Congress. A Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality has hit the 30 sign-ons from Senators needed to force a vote on the Senate floor. The CRA allows Congress to overturn the FCC’s decision, which has generated widespread …

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Democrats Introduce Bill To Create Special International Envoy On LGBT Rights

Via Reuters: U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would appoint a special envoy within the U.S. Department …

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Senate Bill Calls For Creation Of Special United States Envoy For LGBT Rights

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a bill that would create a special US envoy for LGBT rights abroad. J. Lester Feder reports at Buzzfeed: The bill, titled “The International Human Rights Defense Act,” was formally introduced in the Senate on Thursday along with more than 20 co-sponsors, all Democrats. “For the United States to hold true to our commitment …

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Sen. Ed Markey Writes To Russia

“I am especially concerned with the provision of the law that allows for the possible detention of foreign citizens for up to 14 days before they would be expelled from the country. Many members of international athletic delegations, their families, spectators, and support staff proudly identify as members of the LGBT community. I believe it is essential for them to …

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MASSACHUSETTS: Democrat Ed Markey Wins Special US Senate Election

Eighteen-term US House Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has won the special election to replace John Kerry in the Senate. Markey beat Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez today in a special election for US Senate in Massachusetts that was marked by its brevity and by low voter interest. Gomez gave a concession speech shortly after 9:30 p.m., thanking his family and …

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Former Rep. Barney Frank Endorses Rep. Ed Markey For Special Senate Election

Former Rep. Barney Frank, who still wants to be appointed interim Senator, has endorsed Rep. Ed Markey for the special election that will be held in several months assuming that John Kerry is confirmed for Secretary of State. Markey was the first candidate to announce that he is running in the special election. Frank’s endorsement comes days after Kerry, Victoria …

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