LGBT Americans were mentioned more than once during the State of the Union address, but activists might still be disappointed.
The new version of the Violence Against Women Act prohibits denial of services due to a victim's sexual orientation.
Sen. Tom Harkin promises to get a federal antidiscrimination bill through committee this year, while President Obama may sign an executive order banning discrimination by government contractors.
Two couples will be guests at the State of the Union, including one couple fighting to stay together in the U.S.
A senior Russian politician has threatened to shut down LGBT websites, claiming they "promote homosexuality."
The Uniting American Families Act was once again introduced in the House this session and will soon return in the Senate.