Gay Lawmakers' Growing Presence Suggests Shift in Attitudes

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In the 113th Congress there are six openly gay or bisexual members in the House -- a small but tangible sign that their presence at the highest levels of government is no longer something only whispered about. The Senate has its first lesbian, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. The lawmakers' partners, no longer relegated to the shadows or introduced generically as "friends," stood beside them on the House floor when they were sworn in this month. Their adopted children are attending Congressional retreats.

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