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The Larger Meaning of the Gay Rights Movement

December 18, 2010

     Today may be the day that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed – a substantial victory for the gay rights movement.  Why is this important?

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DADT Repeal Passes House, Goes to Senate

December 15, 2010

     The House of Representatives today voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  The matter now goes to the Senate.

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Reaction to Pentagon Report on Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

December 2, 2010

     Here are links to the Pentagon reports concerning repeal of the policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, news stories about the reports, and other reaction to the reports.

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DADT Faces Repeal; Analogy to Slave Marriages; Focus Will Turn to DOMA

November 19, 2010

     At a press conference yesterday, Senatory Joe Lieberman (I-CT) indicated that there are 60 votes in the Senate to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the federal law that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.  There are also preliminary reports indicating that the military study due December 1 will recommend repeal.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down DADT Worldwide / Administration Appeals DOMA Ruling

October 14, 2010

     Judge Virginia Phillips of the Central District of California has issued an injunction prohibiting the United States from enforcing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" anywhere in the world.

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District Judge Rules in Favor of Major Witt in DADT Case

September 28, 2010

     Judge Ronald B. Leighton of the Western District of the State of Washington has ordered the Air Force to reinstate Major Margaret Witt.  His ruling is available here, and is described below.

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Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and Enactment of Other Reforms Filibustered in Senate

September 22, 2010

     It was not only the right of gays and lesbians to serve in the military that was at stake in yesterday's vote before the Senate; also defeated were consideration of the DREAM Act and the proposed elimination of the secrecy surrounding Senate "holds" on legislation and nominations.

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Conditional Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Passes House and Senate Armed Services Committee

May 28, 2010

     The House voted 234-194 and the Senate Armed Service Committee voted 16-12 to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell if a military study concludes that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military will not harm the effectiveness of the armed services.

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Will Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Be Enacted?

May 26, 2010

     Here are links to three stories reporting on the likelihood that Congress will vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

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The President's Gay Rights Speech

October 12, 2009

     On Saturday evening President Obama delivered a major address on gay rights.  The principal points he made are set forth below.

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The President and Don't Ask / Don't Tell – Is it 1862 all over again?

July 1, 2009

     On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  Is history about to repeat itself?

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The President, Don't Ask – Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Rule of Law

June 18, 2009

     The federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages or from granting benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian employees as if they were spouses.  The federal law commonly called "Don't Ask – Don't Tell" prohibits gays and lesbians who serve in the armed forces from publicly disclosing […]

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