Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal

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Air Force Boots Gay Pilot Over DADT

Policy still in play, as evidenced by the April 29 discharge

(Newser) - President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act in December, but it’s not entirely safe for servicemen and women to come out of the closet just yet. The Air Force discharged an Airman under the policy as recently as April 29, the Metro Weekly reports....

Military Chaplains: Protect Anti-Gay Speech

Don't punish troops after DADT is lifted for speaking minds: Letter

(Newser) - Military chaplains are concerned troops could be punished for expressing objections to homosexuality once the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is lifted. Leaders of 21 religious groups that provide chaplains to the US military sent a letter yesterday to the chiefs of chaplains of the Navy, Army,...

Navy: Never Mind, No Gay Marriages Yet

Controversial move suspended until further notice

(Newser) - Well, that didn't last long: Just one day after announcing that its chaplains would soon be allowed to perform same-sex marriages , the Navy is backpedaling. More than five dozen House lawmakers challenged the decision, which would have permitted chaplains to officiate gay unions after Don't Ask, Don't...

Navy Will Let Chaplains Officiate Gay Marriages

New policy takes effect after DADT is repealed

(Newser) - When Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed, a big change will come to the Navy: Its chaplains will be allowed to officiate at same-sex marriages. Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, the Navy's head chaplain, made the announcement in a recent memo but noted that chaplains may decline to...

Obama Relying on Gay Donors for 2012

Because some big money donors aren't showing up

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign is hoping gay donors can fill the holes left by the big-money interests that are deserting it. Gay donors have been showing their gratitude for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Obama's abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, and...

Chiefs on DADT: Gays Can Serve Openly by Summer

'We've not seen issues,' says Marine commandant

(Newser) - A House GOP hearing on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" didn't have quite the outcome some Republicans were apparently hoping for. Military chiefs testified before the House Armed Services Committee that training is going better than expected, and gays should be able to serve openly by this...

Military to Dan Choi: You Owe Us $2,500

After DADT discharge, he's told to pony up 'unearned portion of bonus'

(Newser) - You'd think that Lt. Dan Choi would be the one looking for payback. But after being discharged from the military under Don't Ask, Don't Tell, it's the military that wants him to pony up—to the tune of $2,500, reports the Huffington Post . The Defense Department sent Choi a...

Discharging Gays Cost Pentagon $193M

Each discharged service member cost $53K to replace

(Newser) - Recruiting and training replacements for gay service members discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy cost the Pentagon a whopping $193 million from 2004 to 2009, according to the Government Accountability Office. The analysis found that 1,442 of the 3,664 service members dismissed for being...

Navy Videos Show Depths of Homophobia in Military
Navy Videos Show Depths
of Homophobia in Military


Navy Videos Show Depths of Homophobia in Military

Meghan McCain: Gay service members can come out, but who'd want to?

(Newser) - Former Navy Capt. Owen Honors' homophobic videos raise a big question in the wake of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, writes Meghan McCain in the Daily Beast . Now that gay service members can serve openly, why on earth would they in that kind of environment? "What gay...

New Site Aims to Be 'Gay Military Facebook'

Founder hopes site can provide support for gay members of armed forces

(Newser) - After two decades of "don't ask, don't tell," the social networking website Out Military is saying: "Do ask, do tell," reports Reuters . Out Military has only 53 members so far, but its backers say that will change as the US military implements the policy repeal. The...

Welcome the HoBos: Homosexual Bourgeoisie
Welcome the HoBos:
Homosexual Bourgeoisie

Welcome the HoBos: Homosexual Bourgeoisie

Jonah Goldberg: It's a validation of the value of hard work and monogamy

(Newser) - Doesn't seem that long ago that the "gay left wanted to smash the bourgeois prisons of monogamy, capitalistic enterprise, and patriotic values and bask in the warm sun of bohemian 'free love,'" writes Jonah Goldberg. Now homosexuals want to get married and serve in the military. Like a...

Most Productive Congress Since 1960s Adjourns

111th passed vast legislation in 'dysfunctional' environment

(Newser) - The 111th Congress adjourned last night, after passing more key legislation that affected more Americans than any since Lyndon Johnson’s 1960s “Great Society,” Bloomberg reports. That included $1.67 trillion spent to save the economy, health insurance for 32 million people, and new regulations on Wall Street;...

Rep: Don't Let Your Gayness Interfere With Mission

Todd Akin explains why repealing DADT wasn't necessary

(Newser) - Rep. Todd Akin has no problem with gays in the military—just so long as their “gayness” doesn’t become an issue. In fact, the congressman was on Fox News last night explaining why the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell wasn’t really necessary, Mediaite reports....

Last-Ditch Move to Block 'Don't Ask' Repeal Fails

GOP effort to complicate passage defeated

(Newser) - A final Republican attempt to block the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has failed and President Obama will sign the repeal into law today. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to add an amendment to the defense bill that would have required all four military service chiefs to...

Va. Pol: Screw Feds, Ban Gays From National Guard

Bob Marshall says Constitution gives states right to run their militias

(Newser) - The Commonwealth of Virginia is showing another sign of going rogue these days: Just days after Congress repealed DADT, a Republican lawmaker is calling for the state to ban gays from serving in the National Guard, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Bob Marshall says the repeal amounts to a "social...

Advocates to Military Gays: Don't Come Out Yet

Gays can still be investigated, discharged during transition

(Newser) - The Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy concerning gays might be dead, but don't be too quick to come out of the military closet, advocates are warning gays. "While the immediate impact of this bill may inspire folks from across the nation, it is important to note that...

McCain Disgraced Himself with Vote Against DREAM
McCain Disgraced Himself
With Vote Against DREAM
Joe Klein

McCain Disgraced Himself With Vote Against DREAM

Immigration bill's failure is sickening

(Newser) - The Senate may have passed a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but it failed to pass the DREAM Act , and that’s “a cold, cold abomination,” writes Joe Klein of Time , calling the vote an act “of staggering cynicism and ugliness.”...

Democrats' New Hero (for a Day): Joe Lieberman

He draws raves for his efforts to get 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repealed

(Newser) - Democrats' love-hate relationship with Joe Lieberman is definitely on the warm and fuzzy side today after his legislative maneuvering to get Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent who campaigned for John McCain, was all thumbs-ups and smiles after his role in helping secure the necessary Republican votes. “...

Obama's 'Long Game' Pays Off on DADT
Obama's 'Long Game'
Pays Off on DADT
andrew sullivan

Obama's 'Long Game' Pays Off on DADT

Andrew Sullivan: This long process was necessary—and wise

(Newser) - President Obama exasperated gay activists for what seemed like plodding progress on his promise to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. But that slow pace turned out to be necessary to get it done right— through Congress , not by presidential fiat or through the courts, writes Andrew Sullivan at his Daily...

Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Senate Repeals
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Senate Repeals 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Ban on gays in the military will end with President Obama's signature

(Newser) - Almost a formality after this morning's successful vote to kill a Republican filibuster, but historic nonetheless: The Senate repealed the military's ban on openly gay service members this afternoon by a vote of 65-31, reports AP . President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law next week, though it...

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