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  1. No the US congress does not represent gay Americans.

    Nor does the US congress represent straight Americans.

    The US congress represents banks and corporate interests.

    1. Aryugaetu 2 Oct 2013, 2:25pm

      Very true, big money controls the congress. In just the past few years, they voted against bills that a clear majority (75% to 95%) of the nation wanted, such as not bailing out the banks, gun background checks, health care, etc. In fact, the current government is shut down due to the republicans wanting an existing medical law repealed, they’ve already voted for it years ago, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the budget, which by the way is a vote to pay the bills of for last year’s expenses. It is NOT to vote for future expenses. It is like you paying your rent a month late, then having your roommates vote if the check should be signed for the past due payment.

      The best fix for all of the Republicans complaints about “Obabacare” is to have a national health care system (which the Congressmen enjoy) like the UK and Canada. But, the bloated health insurance companies (middle men) are paying congressmen multi-millions to be against it, and spread lies.

      But, I digress…

      1. Cai Wilshaw 2 Oct 2013, 2:34pm

        Agreed – and look at all those who complained about the NHS in its day! They would’ve had it closed down, yet it’d be political suicide to suggest the same these ays…

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 3:31pm

        If John Boehner and the GOP hate government funded health care so much, why don’t they decline their health care insurance at tax payers’ expense as well as Medicare and Social Security once they reach retirement age? At least it would be a gesture of sincerity and help contribute to lowering the deficit and out of control government spending.

  2. Fun fact: there is not a single identified Atheist in Congress. Every single person in Congress identifies as Christian. In America, if you identify as Atheist or anything other than Christian, the general consensus is you WILL lose votes and you WILL lose trust.

    It’s strange but in America people have to “come out” of the atheist closet, and are often met with intolerance because of it.

    Crazy! We all know most of the people in Congress won’t give a damn about “God” or their religion, they will just use it as a way to be excepted. Kind of like how people pretend to be straight in order to be accepted sometimes. In America, people pretend to be Christian.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 3:33pm

      There was one who is now retired, openly gay Democrat Barney Frank.

    2. You more right than not, but there are currently 6 Jewish members of Congress and 1 Muslim, so not “every single person”. All Democrats as it happens.

  3. aryugaetu 2 Oct 2013, 2:27pm

    James “The Bachelor President” Buchanan, who was the 15th president of the United States, from 1857 to 1861, and preceded “Honest Abe.”

    Speculations of homosexuality followed Buchanan throughout his presidency, mainly due to his relationship with William Rufus King. While still in Congress, Buchanan and King began a lifelong “bromance.” Buchanan and King lived together for 15 years prior to Buchanan’s presidency. Their intense friendship earned them the nicknames “Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy” and even “Buchanan and his wife” in various political circles.

    In 1844, when King left Buchanan to attend to his duties as Minister to France (the naming of King to this position did not help his heterosexual image), Buchanan wrote to friend, “I am now ‘solitary and alone,’ having no companion in the house with me. I have gone a wooing to several gentlemen, but have not succeeded with any one of them.”

    [ref. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-ferroni/gay-president_b_1572350.html

  4. Aryugaetu 2 Oct 2013, 2:42pm

    Personally speaking, you’d think basic human rights would be the most important duty of a nation’s government. Unfortunately, being the cowardice, money hungry, self-serving pigs they are, they left LGBT rights to the individual states. This has created an insane patchwork quilt of LGBT rights. Imagine if each county in England had wildly different laws, one having gay marriage to the other it being illegal and not recognized from other counties. Your marriage could be dissolved by just driving a few miles to the coast, and reinstated only if you drive back.
    Gays have been recognized in a few nationally controlled areas like the military, but they getting paid “under the table” far too much money by religious organizations to make it an Amendment to the Constitution (i.e. woman voting rights, anti-slavery, etc.)

  5. Kay Arnold 2 Oct 2013, 2:56pm

    The US is one screwed up government(s) system(s) add to it that a high percentage are ignorant of basic science and hold peculiar religious, superstitious, social views and you have a recipe for confusion and conflict. They are very violent with each other and anyone else especially if they are different in any way.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 3:37pm

      There are also more millionaires in the US government than in any other on the planet. Money buys elections in the U.S. to some extent. Corporations control the government, in other words an oligarchy with its minions in Congress on both sides of the aisle I might add. Then there’s the absurd notion that corporations are persons and allowed to donate unlimited amounts of money, anonymously.

      Ours in the UK pale in comparison in terms of individual wealth.

  6. “In fact, there have only ever been 6 openly gay congressmen in the whole history of Congress – all of whom have been Democrats.”
    Untrue. Jim Kolbe (Arizona) and Steve Gunderson (Wisconsin) were out gay Republican congressmen – true, both came out after being elected (Gunderson was outed by another congressman on the House floor), but then so did Barney Frank.

  7. ….well as regards to the first GAY American President, I think that won’t happen in a long while, I mean we’ve just appointed a black American!

  8. Congress

    U.S. Representative (first out congressperson and Democrat): Gerry Studds[3] (MA-12, MA-10) – served 1973–1997, outed 1983U.S. Representative (first to voluntarily come out):Barney Frank (MA-4) – served 1980–2013, came out in 1987U.S. Representative (first out Republican): Steve Gunderson (WI-3) – served 1981–1997, outed 1994U.S. Representative (first Republican to voluntarily come out): Jim Kolbe (AZ-5) – served 1985–2007, came out 1996U.S. Representative (out when first elected, female): Tammy Baldwin (WI-2) – served 1999–2013U.S. Representative (out when first elected, male):Jared Polis (CO-2) – served 2009–presentU.S. Representative (out when first elected), first openly bisexual member of Congress: Kyrsten Sinema – elected 2012 [4]U.S. Representative (out when first elected), first to succeed another openly-gay officeholder in office: Mark Pocan (WI-2) – elected 2012, succeeded Tammy BaldwinU.S. Representative (out when first elected), first non-white openly gay member o

  9. Definitely no.

    Obama is the LGBT communities hero, That is it.

  10. James Savik 3 Oct 2013, 2:29am

    The USA is eaten up with the cancer of corruption.

    Congress and the Senate are a broken institution where wealth buy influence and votes.

    Our presidency was bought and paid for by a ideological fanatic billionaire.

    The press is nothing but a propaganda machine.

    Weep for our future. Not gay, not straight, not white, black or Hispanic. Weep for all of our futures.

  11. Justusboyz 3 Oct 2013, 7:00am

    We’ll written article

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