With a record seven openly gay, lesbian and bisexual members of Congress, it’s reasonable to assume at least one will be present during most discussions in Congress, which will help personalize the debate over LGBT issues, said Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. Some new out members have experienced awkward but enlightening moments when others assumed their spouses were of opposite sex. Openly LGBT members still account for only slightly more than 1% of the Congress, some advocates point out.

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