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Wasserman Schultz to vice chair the House's new LGBT Equality Caucus

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who says her district includes one of the largest LGBT constituencies of any congressional district in the country, has been tapped as vice-chair of the House's first lesbian, gay, bi-sexual transgender equality caucus aimed at battling discrimination.

The caucus - formed last week by the ony two openly gay members of Congress, Reps. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., and Barney Frank, D-Mass. - has as its mission "the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence and the improved health and well being for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression."

"Equality for our gay, lesbian and transgender friends is not negotiable," Wasserman Schultz said in a press release, noting that she represents Fort Lauderdale, "one of the country's most popular LGBT  travel destinations."

"Our constitution demands equal justice under the law, nothing more, nothing less," she said.

The group has 52 members, including Boca Raton Dem Rep. Robert Wexler, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, one of just two Republican members. (The other is Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.)

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