Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), an openly gay representative, made history on Capitol Hill Thursday when he announced that he'd been able to secure a congressional ID for his spouse.

The Wisconsin Gazette reported that Philip Frank, whom Pocan married in Canada in 2006, had gotten a new ID officially labeling him a congressional spouse. The title gives him access to certain areas of the Capitol and allows him to attend congressional delegations with his spouse, among other privileges.

It's largely a symbolic victory, as the spouses of gay federal employees -- including lawmakers -- still aren't afforded equal benefits thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act. But Pocan hailed it as key progress for gay lawmakers in Washington.

“I think it’s an important step toward recognizing equality and we’re very proud of receiving it,” Pocan told the Washington Blade. “We also realize there’s still a lot more work to do for same-sex couples that work for the federal government.”

There are currently seven openly gay or bisexual members in Congress; six in the House and one, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), in the Senate.

In 2009, Marlon Reis, the spouse of Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) nearly broke the barrier when he was issued a congressional spouse ID. He later encountered trouble, however, when card services told him that he had been given the designation accidentally, and that he should have received the Designee ID given to unmarried partners of members of Congress.

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    Who's laughing now? (Via <a href="http://godhatesprotesters.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/hes-gay/" target="_hplink">God Hates Protesters</a>)

  • Burn!

    Perhaps some denim could set her free. (Via <a href="http://thefbomb.org/2009/11/corduroy-skirts-are-a-sin/" target="_hplink">The F-Bomb</a>)

  • Not What They Were Going For

    This was risky, too, judging by that megaphone. (Via <a href="http://www.dailyfunnystuff.net/anti-gay-protest-failure" target="_hplink">Daily Funny Stuff</a>)

  • Hey Now...

    Counter Protest, 1. Protest, 0. (Via <a href="http://godhatesprotesters.wordpress.com/" target="_hplink">God Hates Protesters</a>)

  • Juxtaposition

    Which one is less threatening? (Via <a href="http://www.niot.org/blog/california-responds-dancing-music-and-love-westboro-visits-updated" target="_hplink">Not In Our Town</a>)

  • He Has A Sign

    ...And A Point. (Via <a href="http://www.queeried.com/anti-gay-church-counter-protests/" target="_hplink">Queeried</a>)

  • Don't Mind Him

    If you give him attention, he just stays longer! (Via <a href="http://www.impdr.com/index_files/inaugural-offensive-quote-of-the-week.php" target="_hplink">I'm PDR</a>)

  • New Meaning

    We bet this guy kills at Scrabble. (Via <a href="http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/political-jokes-funny-quotes-83-ironic-protest-signs/" target="_hplink">PAP Blog</a>)

  • Fitting Right In

    Oh, don't get the kids involved! (Via <a href="http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/political-jokes-funny-quotes-83-ironic-protest-signs/" target="_hplink">PAP Blog</a>)

  • Street Sign FTW!

    If he only knew he was being owned by a piece of sheet metal. (Via <a href="http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/political-jokes-funny-quotes-83-ironic-protest-signs/" target="_hplink">PAP Blog</a>)

  • Captain Obvious

    Yeah! You Tell 'em! (Via <a href="http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/funnypictures/ig/Funny-Protest-Signs/Homosexual-Are-Gay.htm" target="_hplink">About.com</a>)

  • Dedicated Counter-Protesting

    "Repent you guys! Come on, guys. Please repent? Guys?" (<a href="http://www.outfrontcolorado.com/blog/?p=4938" target="_hplink">Via Out Front Colorado</a>)

  • Classic

    He probably omitted the arrow because there were so many other signs to stand by. (Via <a href="http://current.com/entertainment/88822904_fred-phelps-to-protest-heath-ledgers-funeral.htm" target="_hplink">Current</a>)

  • Hmm...

    Well, it makes about as much sense. (Via <a href="http://godhatesprotesters.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/dog-hates/" target="_hplink">God Hates Protesters</a>)

  • True Lies

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  • Repenting

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  • Girls At St. Pete Pride

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Danny_Garcia"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Danny_Garcia">Danny Garcia</a>:<br />

  • "And The Greatest Of These Is Love."

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  • They Both Can't Be Right...

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  • Jesus Made Me Gay

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  • Pittsburgh Pink and Black

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Adrian_Mellori"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/1156230.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Adrian_Mellori">Adrian Mellori</a>:<br />Anti-gay protesters get a taste of anarcho-queers in Pittsburgh

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    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/geobomb"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/11509836/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/geobomb">geobomb</a>:<br />If all the gay's are going to hell then that's where I want to be.

  • Phelps protest in San Diego March 2010

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AHizz"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/825578-tiny.png?20091207022151" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AHizz">AHizz</a>:<br />I love how the anchor lady completely stands out of the way of my sign so the camera can see it...while she's interviewing stupid.