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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Accepts Offer of GQ Makeover After Wearing Purple Polo with Clip-On Bow Tie

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Yesterday, Chris Armstrong tweeted this screencap of Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), writing: "Bow ties with polo shirts on the House floor. God help us."

Dennis Tang at GQ's column 'The GQ Eye' seized on the post:

"Worst ever? Yeah, right, how bad could it possiblyyyyyeeesh, okay, yeah, now that I look at it. Definitely. Is that a purple golf polo? With a bow tie? Is that a clip-on?...Wow, a Democrat? Thanks, Obama. But anyway, Jared. It's fine. We can help. You should let us help you. Because seriously, forget immigration reform. Keep this up, and I'm going Ted Cruz 2016, straight up."

And Polis took him up on the offer, tweeting:

"Thank you @GQMagazine @GQFashion for the offer to help... I accept and am looking forward to the consultation!!"

(via politico)


House Debates LGBT-Inclusive Student Non-Discrimination Measure, Passes Student Success Act Without It: VIDEO

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Several House lawmakers took time to show their support for a measure to be considered alongside the Student Success Act.  Called the Student Non-Discrimination Act, the piece of legislature was considered during a House Rules Committee hearing for the Success Act.  Gay representative Jared Polis (D-Colo.) led the charge for the new amendment.

The Washington Blade reports:

During the rules committee hearing, Polis said the Student Non-Discrimination Act is necessary — even with other options on the table like school of choice — because some students have only one choice for a school in certain places in the country.

“If you come from a small town with a thousand families, you have a school, you go there, and it’s tough,” Polis said. “It might be tough to grow up if you’re the only African-American family in town, it might be tough to grow up if you’re the only gay kid in town, it might be tough to grow up if you’re the only Catholic in town, or the only Muslim or the only Jew in town.”

Polis's proposal for the amendment was voted down 5-7, based largely on the Republican-controlled panel.  

The only Republican in committee to vote in favor of the proposal was Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who’s an original co-sponsor of the legislation and also spoke out in favor of the bill in committee. She’s among 155 co-sponsors of the bill in the House.

“Through the years, we have seen a lot of bullying taking place at our schools, and LGBT students are particularly vulnerable to education and harassment in our education system,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “They currently lack the protections that would prohibit this dreadful behavior.”

The Student Non-Discrimination Act, should it have been approved, would establish gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes in schools, and would not allow discrimination, including bullying, to befall students without repercussions.  

The next day on the House floor, a number of lawmakers joined Polis in speaking out in favor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act, including Reps. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and David Cicilline (D-R.I.).

“The federal government has a responsibility, Mr. Speaker, to do all that we can do to ensure the safest and best possible environment in which students can learn,” Cicilline said. “When students are bullied and harassed because of who they are, they’re denied the opportunity to achieve their full potential.”

Despite these objections, the House approved on Friday the education reform bill by a vote of 221-207 after two days of debate. In a statement after the bill’s passage, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the legislation for consolidating federal programs and eliminating red tape for schools.

Check out videos of several representatives' statements here.

And watch a portion of Rep. Polis's proposal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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ENDA Expected to Be Reintroduced Next Month, with Changes

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is under review and revision  and is expected to be reintroduced in April, the Washington Blade reports, with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) as its lead author:

Polis“I’ll be the lead author of ENDA, which we are at least planning to reintroduce in April,” Polis said.

Multiple sources familiar with ENDA say the legislation is being reconsidered before its reintroduction in the 113th Congress, and maintain no final decisions on the bill have been made.

It’s unclear what the nature of the changes might be, but one source familiar with ENDA told the Washington Blade the bill is being reconsidered with respect to religious exemption and disparate impact to make the legislation’s protections stronger for LGBT workers than previously written. The changes are being considered under the assumption the legislation won’t pass anyway with Republicans in control of the U.S. House.

ENDA has previously included a strong religious exemption. In the most recent version of the bill, Section 6 provided an exemption for religious organizations and businesses that were also exempt under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.


Rep. Jared Polis Introduces Federal Marijuana Bill

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would change the way the federal government regulates marijuana, the Denver Post reports:

PolisRep. Jared Polis introduced legislation Tuesday that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and shifts it from the Drug Enforcement Agency to be regulated by the renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms.

Polis, along with Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, are seeking to have that new bureau regulate marijuana as it does alcohol. States and municipalities could still choose to prohibit marijuana production, and it would still be illegal to transport marijuana to a state where it is prohibited.

Said Polis: "We get the DEA out of banning marijuana federally, and we allow states to choose if they want it to be legal or illegal. "We don't want the whole industry and trade to be subject to who the president is and whatever their whims are in a given day."


Out Gay Congressman Jared Polis Mentions Partner, Calls for Unity in Diversity in DNC Speech: VIDEO

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Another speech I didn't get to last night was that given by out gay Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) in which as "an entrepreneur" and "an optimist" he celebrated Obama's LGBT rights achievements and called for greater unity.

Said Polis, in part:

[Obama's] vision for one America, one in which we can overcome our divisions to make our country greater, continues to be an enormous challenge to Washington, D.C., a town with professional pundits and pols, whose entire livelihood is never-ending partisan bickering.

But ladies and gentlemen, now is our chance to tell the dividers no, tell the special interests and cynical Washington insiders no, tell the lobbyists and PACs no, and tell our fellow countrymen and women, gay and straight, Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims and nonbelievers, rich and poor, black and white, Latino and Asian, east and west, north and south; it is time to tell them yes, together we are stronger, together we are better, together we are America.

And that is why we must continue bringing America together. So tonight, I don't just ask my fellow Americans to respect my relationship with my partner Marlon and my role as a father to our son. I also ask them to respect the Christian family concerned about decaying moral values and crass commercialism. I ask them to respect the difficult decision of a single mother to bring a child into this world, because of her heartfelt beliefs.

And it is why we must help that courageous woman have the support she needs after her child is born. We celebrate Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs, even Republicans, because this is their future, too. Republicans mocked our desire to heal the planet, but we will heal it for Republicans too, and we will create jobs for Republicans too.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1151

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Eli Manning, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Jimmy Rollins, Evan Longoria, Joe Torre and Andy Katz join Obama and Biden in a new PSA.

EYTAN AND THE EMBASSY: Everything Changes.

WHAT IS DRUGS? Offender after an hour-long high-speed chase from Burbank to Hollywood last Friday in which he collided with three vehicles.

JARED POLIS: Questioned a really thick DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart this week on the relative health impacts of marijuana versus other drugs.

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