"Unpacking these stories is a difficult but necessary process if we as a society want to protect the most vulnerable and address the root causes for their unjust and premature deaths."
Danica Roem, a Democrat of Virginia, has taken the seat from self-proclaimed "chief homophobe" Bob Marshall, who has sat on the legislature since 1992.
"Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world," said the president of the historically Black women's college.
"We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard," U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft said of service members. "And I will not break the faith."
The president was the guest of honor at a conference organized and sponsored by anti-LGBT groups just days ahead of the anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
"So-called 'conversion therapy' isn't therapy at all — it's a tortuous, fraudulent practice," said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of the bill's sponsors.
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