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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Judge: Stop 'don't ask, don't tell' immediately

By JULIE WATSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Lt. Dan Choi at an Equality Rally in Fresno, CA. AP Photo Credit /Gary KazanjianSAN DIEGO -- A federal judge ordered the military Tuesday to immediately stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops, bringing the 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished.... (Read the full story)
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GAYS   &   The   MILITARY

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Conscientious objectors rasing concerns over repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

By NEW YORK TIMES

Callers are uneasy over gays openly serving.

WASHINGTON -- In the course of answering the GI Rights Hotline for the last 11 years, J.E. McNeil has counseled thousands of soldiers who want to become conscientious objectors and get out of the service.... (Read the full story)

Tue, June 8, 2010

Lawmaker worries about national discussion of gays

By ANNE FLAHERTY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said he thinks the military should keep its ban on openly gay service members in part because he doesn't want to open a national discussion about homosexuality.... (Read the full story)

Sun, May 30, 2010

Mullen wishes Congress had waited on gay ban vote

By ROBERT BURNS, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen. AP/The Gazette Photo/ Mark Reis WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday he would have preferred that Congress had waited before voting to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law that bans gays from serving openly in the military.... (Read the full story)

Mon, May 28, 2010

Gates to troops: Don't let debate on gays distract

By PAULINE JELINEK, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Defense Secretary Robert Gates. AP Photo/ Manuel Balce CenetaDefense Secretary Robert Gates is telling troops not to be distracted by the political debate over gays serving openly in the military.... (Read the full story)

SUPREME   COURT   NEWS

Thursday, June 24, 2010

High court: Petition signers' names can be released

By WASHINGTON POST

U.S. Supreme Court Justices 10/06/2009.WASHINGTON - Those who sign referendum petitions should generally not expect to keep their names secret, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting the argument of a group opposed to gay rights that disclosure would violate its First Amendment protection of political expression.... (Read the full story)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Court: Christian group can't bar gays, get funding

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Christian Legal Society.WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ideologically split Supreme Court ruled that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that won't let gays join, one justice saying that the First Amendment does not require a public university to validate or support the group's "discriminatory practices."... (Read the full story)
MARRIAGE   EQUALITY

Thursday, July 15, 2010

D.C.: Gay marriage upheld

By MATTHEW CELLA, WASHINGTON TIMES

Anglicans, Rocky Galloway & Reggie Stanley, D.C. Photo Credit UPI/ Alexis C. GlennSame-sex-marriage opponents in Washington, D.C., vowed to appeal to the nation's highest court after an appeals court Thursday upheld a city law allowing the unions and rejecting an effort by opponents to put the issue before voters.... (Read the full story)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Judge: Gay marriage up to states

By VALERIE RICHARDSON, WASHINGTON TIMES

A federal judge in Boston struck a blow to the Defense of Marriage Act on Thursday by ruling in favor of married same-sex couples seeking federal-based benefits.... (Read the full story)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hawaii governor nixes civil union bill; groups to sue

By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

Supporters of civil unions for homosexual couples in Hawaii say they intend to sue in state court now that the governor vetoed a civil union bill.... (Read the full story)

LAWMAKERS   &   The   COURTS

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Conservatives decry pro-gay moves

By CHERYL WETZSTEIN, WASHINGTON TIMES

As the Obama administration hustles to fulfill President Obama's campaign promises to create equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, conservative groups are crying foul.... (Read the full story)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Jury: Philly can't evict scouts for no-gays rule

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

The city of Philadelphia cannot evict a local Boy Scouts chapter from a city-owned building for refusing to admit gays, a federal jury ruled Wednesday.... (Read the full story)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lawyers give final arguments in gay marriage case

By LISA LEFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ted Olsen and David Boies. Photo Credit AP /Ben Margot.SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lawyers arguing a landmark federal case involving California's same-sex marriage ban made their final arguments Wednesday, with supporters describing matrimony as an institution intended to promote childbearing and opponents saying the U.S. Supreme Court had recognized it as a fundamental right.... (Read the full story)