Outrage Over Booing Gay Soldier Resonates as President Takes Up Cause

By: Monday September 26, 2011 11:33 am

At a fundraiser Sunday night in Silicon Valley, the President raised the issue of members of a Republican debate audience in Florida booing a gay soldier who asked a question about the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republican, but are puzzled by [...]

DADT Repeal: A 21st Century Civil Rights Victory

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 6:20 am

At 12:01am, the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was formally repealed. Gays and lesbians can now serve freely in the US Armed Forces. The official notice from the US Army was released last night, in a completely understated document. “The law is repealed,” says the letter from Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, Secretary [...]

DADT Repeal Certified By Military and President; Full Repeal Expected September 20

By: Friday July 22, 2011 1:29 pm

Not only did the service chiefs and the Secretary of Defense certify repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy today, but President Obama followed suit, meaning that the 60-day Congressional review clock (inserted to get the late Robert Byrd’s vote, incidentally) starts today, with full repeal set for September 20. Aubrey Sarvis of [...]

Military Leaders Will Certify DADT Repeal Tomorrow

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 3:38 pm

Finding a way out of the unnecessary box created by judicial rulings and Justice Department appeals, military leaders will certify the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy tomorrow afternoon. This includes Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and all of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Only the President’s certification would be [...]

DoJ Files Emergency Brief to Reinstate DADT

By: Friday July 15, 2011 6:26 am

The Justice Department will seek a short-term emergency stay to the bar on the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a puzzling twist to a court case that appeared to end the policy outright. In the brief, DoJ seeks reinstatement of the policy by close of business today, [...]

This Is How Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Ends, Not With a Signing Ceremony But a Whimper

By: Friday July 8, 2011 12:58 pm

After the Ninth Circuit lifted the stay on a circuit court ruling that labeled the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional and banned enforcement, the military officially suspended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to comply with the ruling. So regardless of the vote in Congress, the Pentagon study, the long lead time for implementation, Don’t [...]

Ninth Circuit Lifts Stay Banning Enforcement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 3:07 pm

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted a stay on a ruling from last year, that effectively bans the military from enforcing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. While this seems like a fait accompli because repeal has been passed legislatively, and certification should come in a matter of weeks, it’s actually a pretty [...]

Administration Allows Undocumented Same-Sex Partner to Stay in America

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 10:11 am

At an LGBT pride event yesterday, the President asked to be judged by promises kept and not promises made. One of the promises kept was on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but it came after years of external pressure turned up to 11. The President predicted certification of the repeal in “a matter of weeks,” by [...]

At UN, Obama Administration Seeks End to LGBT Violence

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 8:00 am

The President has called on the United Nations Human RIghts Council to help end discrimination and violence against gays and lesbians around the world, putting the Administration in a lead role on an issue which has been used to divide at home in recent years. In a statement, Press Secretary Jay Carney affirmed the President’s [...]

Marine Commandant Amos: No Indication of Troop Discomfort with DADT Repeal

By: Monday February 21, 2011 11:22 am

The fight over worker’s rights and democracy in the Middle East has obscured some of the fights still hanging out there, such as the struggle for LGBT rights. But there’s been a development on that front. Marine Commandant James Amos was the most forceful among the Armed Services chairs in opposing the measure to end [...]

Pentagon Lays Out Schedule for Ultimate Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

By: Saturday January 29, 2011 8:55 am

In a briefing yesterday, the Pentagon laid out the steps for the eventual repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which will pave the way for openly gay members to serve. A training program will start next month, and ultimately open service could begin by the summer. The new training programme is expected to begin in [...]

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