Category Archives: GLBT

65-31

17 year old DADT policy repealed. The U.S. Senate approved H.R.2965, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 in a 65-31 vote.

Guess who’s not too happy.

In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
Obama was expected to sign the bill into law next week, although changes to military policy probably wouldn’t take effect for at least several months. Under the bill, the president and his top military advisers must first certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight. After that, the military would undergo a 60-day wait period.

“… Sen. John McCain, Obama’s GOP rival in 2008, led the opposition. Speaking on the Senate floor minutes before a crucial test vote, the Arizona Republican acknowledged he couldn’t stop the bill. He blamed elite liberals with no military experience for pushing their social agenda on troops during wartime. “They will do what is asked of them,” McCain said of service members. “But don’t think there won’t be a great cost.” ~ AP

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Tragic Loss

Via Towleroad Christine Daniels, 52, LA Times sportswriter whom I triumphed earlier while transitioning, was found dead in her home. Authorities suspect the cause of death as suicide.

Last year Christine went back to the name Mike Penner in her byline. This is devastating.

No on Prop 8 : Courage Campaign

What will the church plan to take away next?

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have donated over $20 million to the hate-filled Yes on Prop 8 Campaign. Current polls show the battle neck-to-neck despite the heavily $ infusions by the church. This is Civil Marriage we’re talking here folks, the churches should be spending their lucre on cleaning their own homes and stay out of everyone else’s.

An update: Newlywed Author David Jefferson offers a very poignant piece at Newsweek on the personal impact of the election’s outcome.

Barack Obama Opposes Prop 8

Barack Obama Oppses Prop 8, the anti-marriage amendment

RHRealityCheck: Max and Failed Abstinence-Only Programs

Max Siegel is a brave young man.
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Part 2:
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Lots of good stuff: RHRealityCheck.org

Three States Now Allow Same-Gender Marriage

Boston Globe:

HARTFORD – Connecticut yesterday became the third state to allow same-sex couples to marry after its sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that a state law allowing gay couples to enter in civil unions denied those couples their constitutional right to equal protection.

The 4-3 ruling elated gay rights activists, who had long contended that denying gay couples the right to marry condemned them to second-class citizenship. Immediately after the ruling was made public at 11:30 a.m. yesterday, gay couples joyously celebrated on the steps of the state capitol into the afternoon and threw a party at the Hartford Hilton last night. They will be allowed to legally marry after Nov. 7, when the ruling takes effect.

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National Coming Out Day 2008

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