Posts Tagged ‘homosexuality’

Closet Veterans

November 11, 2010

Closet Veterans 

The Washington Post is observing Veterans Day with a story previewing the Pentagon report on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:

“More than 70 percent of respondents to a survey sent to active-duty and reserve troops over the summer said the effect of repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy would be positive, mixed or nonexistent, said two sources familiar with the document. The survey results led the report’s authors to conclude that objections to openly gay colleagues would drop once troops were able to live and serve alongside them.”

— “Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war,” Ed O’Keefe and Greg Jaffe, Washington Post.

The chief authors of the study are Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and the Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe, General Carter Ham.

 

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Senate Fails to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

September 22, 2010

Senate Fails to Repeal 'Don't Ask don't Tell'

A motion to debate a defense bill which containing a measure repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy failed in the Senate on Tuesday.  Arkansas Democrats Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor joined the Republican filibuster. Several Republicans claim they might eventually vote to end DADT but want to hear the results of a Pentagon review of the policy, due on or about December first, too late to realistically allow for further Senate consideration.

 As Igor Volsky points out, 70 percent of Americans favor repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” while the 42 senators stalling the bill represent only 36 percent of the U.S. population.

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DC Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced

October 6, 2009

DC Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced

A bill to permit same-sex couples to marry in the District of Columbia was introduced in the District Council today. Same-sex marriages from other states and countries are currently recognized in the Nation’s Capital.

D.C. Councilman David Catania, one of two openly gay council members, introduced the new legislation. A vote by the 13 member District Council is expected in December.

 

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DC Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

May 5, 2009

DC Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

The District of Columbia  Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in U.S. states that permit them.

Councilman Marion Barry voted for the measure on the first ballot, against it on the second. Perhaps that puzzling action indicates approval of marriages between bisexuals.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  Four more states (Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York) are expected to permit same-sex marriages within the next year. Several more states recognize cetain legal aspects of same-sex unions.

 

 

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