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4 Heated House Moments From 2016

Ginsburg Sports Rainbow Neckwear at Supreme Court
No one knows if the liberal justice is sending a message about gay rights

Ginsburg wore this decorative neckwear at the 2010 State of the Union Address. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At the Supreme Court, rainbow could be the new black.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wore a rainbow-colored collar on the bench during oral arguments Wednesday, standing out from the typical staid black robes of the justices. It was the second day in a row Ginsburg showed some fashion flair from the bench in the new Supreme Court term that started Monday.

Democrats Set for Wider Embrace of LGBT Rights in Rebuke to Trump
Comments by GOP presidential nominee may 'fire up' opposition

Democrats are expected to denounce Donald Trump's attempts to reach out to LGBT voters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gay rights — and the Republican Party's complicated relationship with the issue — is likely play a prominent role at this week's Democratic National Convention, with Donald Trump's stated embrace of the "LGBTQ community" still lingering in the air.  

"I expect Democratic leaders to directly denounce his veiled attempt to suggest he's anything but an enemy of LGBT rights," said Eric Stern, the director of LGBT outreach for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 presidential campaign. "It's firing people up, both people who are members of the community, and allies of the community. It's engaging us like never before."  

Kentucky AG Says Kim Davis Violated State Open Records Act
Opinion says she withheld documents from attorney general's office

Kim Davis' counsel violated the state's Open Records Act when it rejected the attorney general's request to review what it said were privileged documents. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kim Davis, the county clerk who became the focus of the national debate over same-sex marriage, violated  the state's Open Records Act, Kentucky's attorney general determined in a new opinion.  

The opinion comes after the Campaign for Accountability requested records between Davis, who earned the support of presidential candidates like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee after she denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the Liberty Counsel, which has represented her since her legal battle started.   

Twerking Outside the Capitol for Orlando
 

To honor the Pulse nightclub shooting victims, activists gathered outside the Capitol to create a nightclub of their own.

President Turns LGBT Icon Stonewall Inn Into a National Monument
1969 NYC riots helped ignite gay rights movement

The site of a 1969 revolt by members of the gay community in New York City was declared a national monument Friday by President Barack Obama , the White House announced.  

"I’m designating the Stonewall National Monument as the newest addition to America’s national parks system,” Obama said in a YouTube video posted as the announcement was made. “Stonewall will be our first national monument to tell the story of the struggle for LGBT rights."  

LGBT Members of Congress: Gay Clubs Are Safe Havens
"Nightlife in the LGBT community is not just about having a good time," Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., and his husband, Randy, Florke, right, pose with their daughters Daley, 15, left, and Essie, 13. (Photo By Tom Williams)

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney met his husband at a New York club known for its gay dance nights.   

It was the early 1990s. The New York Democrat was still in the closet at the time. The club was a place where he could be himself.  

Demonstrators Join Democrats in Firearms Filibuster Effort
"We're here, we're queer. Get these guns out of here!"

Demonstrators supporting Sen. Chris Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night, June 15, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Aside from the growing number of Democratic colleagues who joined Sen. Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut as midnight approached, the senator got some other support.  

Shortly before midnight, several dozen demonstrators who had marched across the city from as far as Dupont Circle approached the Capitol.  

Prayer on Capitol Steps for Victims in Orlando
 

LGBT Lost in Partisan Terror-Guns Fight on Hill
Mass shooting at gay bar elevates discrimination issues, some say

Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, left, talks with lawmakers at the Capitol vigil. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Scores of congressmen and staffers gathered on the Capitol steps Monday as the House chaplain prayed that Americans would never “fear violence because of whom they are, whom they love.”

But as the business of Congress resumed, none of the legislative proposals advanced in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando actually addressed the equality issues that gay rights advocates say are crucial for preventing discrimination against the LGBT community.