Tuesday, November 30, 2010

McCain says Pentagon report will beg the question; text due today; also another spat about TSA screeners; (later: CRWG text on Scribd)

As Congress expects to learn the details of the Pentagon report on repealing DADT today, John McCain and some other Senators remain skeptical, claim that the study “begs the question” by assuming that the ban or “don’t ask don’t tell” law (passed in 1993) must be repealed. Obviously, it would be much harder to pass a repeal in 2011 with the GOP stronger in Congress (outside the influence of Log Cabin Republicans, who may seem caught in the middle now) if the repeal fails during the lame duck session.

CNN has a new story today by Chris Lawrence, “Source: most servicemembers surveyed don’t care about DADT repeal”, link here. The response rate was 28%.

The best link to the entire Comprehensive Review Working Group CRWG Report document  ("Support Plan for Implementation") seems to be on Scribd, here. The Dallas Voice seems to have the most comprehensive summary list of its findings, here. SLDN's very extensive statement is here.  It would take about a year to complete the "repeal".  The survey did show resistance among some combat troops (especially the Marine Corps, which generally "takes" territory that the Army holds) and particularly chaplains.  Search engines have placed the FRC (Family Research Council) objections to the report high on the list of returned hits from "CRWG Report" searches. 

One of the biggest issues with me has been how DADT can affect civilians outside the military, from seeming to justify anti-gay bullying to setting a precedent for other jobs where “forced intimacy” happens, the latest being TSA screeners. WUSA9 reports that Loudoun County VA supervisor Eugene Delgaudio made an inappropriate remark on a separate “conservative” website that he works for (and apparently gets paid 6 figures for), with the details here.  The website is “Public Advocate of the United States” with its daily “pro-family headlines” link here.  It talks about “porno scan machines” and a threat by a California DA to prosecute overdone pat-downs. Doesn’t this public official have a “conflict of interest”?

Here's another story about "gay patdowns" from "Dead Serious News" that sounds like something from The Onion,  link.

Picture: Fort Lee, near Petersburg, VA (Quartermaster Corps)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ohio town will be focus on gay rights referendum in a "reddish" state

Th AP is carrying an important story by David Crary on an upcoming referendum on extending extensive anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation in Bowling Green, Ohio, in the northwest part of the state. The town went for Bush in 2004 but Obama in 2008.

The article notes that in Ohio, as in much of the country, younger people are more supportive of equal rights, as an abstract idea, than older generations. One resident said that his kids will deal with much more diversity of choice than he did. There is a suggestion that some of the problem has to do with the sharing of risks and sacrifices in family life.

A GOP-lead House might make it harder to make progress on ENDA, but maybe not as difficult as observers think. The same for “don’t ask don’t tell” if it is not repealed this year. After all, the litigation currently before the Ninth Circuit originated in the Party of Lincoln.

Sometimes what looks red is actually a bit pink.

Picture: Old grain elevators in Kipton, OH; a bicycle path replaces an old NY Central line.

Friday, November 26, 2010

No discharges this past month under DADT; Major Witt might get reinstated during appeal

No servicemembers have been discharged under “don’t ask don’t tell” since the Pentagon adopted procedural rules requiring top-level approval of discharges, according to a story by Lisa Leff, link here. No discharges have been approved since Oct. 21, even for enlisted. It sounds as if, as an administrative matter, “don’t ask don’t tell” could be practically dead even if the Senate does not vote on it or the 9th Circuit (and Supreme Court) don’t turn it down eventually.

Sandhya Somashekhar has a story (The Washington Post, p A2, Nov. 25) about Air Force flight nurse Major Margaret Witt, “U.S. appeals ruling on gay Air Force officer but does not seek to bar reinstatement”, link here.  But the administration did not ask that the judge’s reinstatement order be stayed, which clears the way for her temporary return to active duty. However the Air Force said she had to pass some medical and other evaluations to return to active duty.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pope reiterates pronatal stand against homosexuality; Southern Poverty Law Center issues intelligence report on religious right and hate

The Catholic News Service has a story that Pope Benedict XVI, in a new book “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and Signs of the Times”, published Nov. 23, maintains his position that homosexual acts are “disordered” and homosexuality is incompatible with the priesthood.

His arguments sound existential in nature. He says that God gave sexuality a single, universal meaning. “The meaning and direction of sexuality is to bring about the union of man and woman and, in this way, to give humanity posterity, children, a future.” He said it would be “extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway” and that homosexual orientation contradicts “the proper sense of paternity” that goes with the priesthood.

The story link is here.

In 1986 Ratzinger had written “Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less a tendency toward an intrinsic moral evil and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder” (the last two words of which drew a lot of fire, particularly from Andrew Sullivan), and there was a 2005 “Pastoral Letter” from the Vatican, as follows here.

The Pope also made a statement recently accepting the idea that value of condoms in preventing HIV spread may outweigh the Church’s opposition to preventing procreation. I’m covering that today on the International Issues blog.

Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, on Nov.22 released a scathing report, “Gays remain minority most targeted by hate crimes,” link here.  The report goes into the apparent “intellectual intransigence” of some “pro-family” organizations with long standing ties to the religious right (back to the days of the “Moral Majority” early during the Reagan years). Generally, the religious right has been able to maintain the idea that there are “two sides” to gay issues, in a manner analogous to the days (through the 1950s) when racial segregation could be “justified” intellectually. That needs to change. However, religious teachings (as with the Catholic clips above) often take on the idea that everyone “owes” certain duties to other generations or to family, and does not see things in terms of individual rights and equality, as is common in today’s political debate. Potok notes that perpetrators of hate crimes have sometimes been older males, often displaced by economic difficulties as well as social change. That fits the pattern of history, where in hard times political leaders look for scapegoats.

Author Dan Savage’s recent finding (for the “It Gets Better Project”) of “Gays most targeted minority” is presented by the SPLC and discussed by CNN and President Obama here.

Back in the 1980s, Perry Deane Young had authored a book titled "God's Bullies"!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Senate will hold hearings on DADT repeal starting Dec. 2

Hearings on “don’t ask don’t tell” will take place with the Senate Armed Services Committee starting Dec. 2, according to a “Caucus blog” entry at the New York Times, by Bernie Becker, with link here

Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) has said that there are enough votes in the Senate for repeal if there is debate first.  The repeal is part of the Defense Authorization Bill, and will probably include deleting the 1993 Enclosure that had implemented DADT.

The latest scuttlebutt is that repeal could cause “short term problems” in a few areas, particularly the Marine Corps (which, as we already know, has no problem with openly gay civilian journalists joining them to report combat).

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New anti-HIV drug may work as a "pseudo-vaccine"

A study of an anti-HIV drug called Truvada (a combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine) may be effective in preventing HIV infection if in HIV-negative men if the MSM take it as prevention. Taken daily, it may reduce risk of infection by 73%. It would cost over $8000 a year right now. This does not mean that other forms of prophylaxis and condoms can safely be stopped.

The findings were reported by David Paltiel at Yale University.

The news story by Steve Sternberg appeared in USA Today on Nov 23, at this link

ABC’s Richard Besser says that there are about 50000 new infections in the US every year.

Here is a link on Truvada side effects (link). Nausea is reported in some users, as is mild skin discoloration.

NJ legislature passes tough anti-bullying law for schools and colleges; gay issues not specifically mentioned

Both houses of the New Jersey legislature have passed the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation, after the Tyler Clementi tragedy. The bill is A 3466, and is available online here 

The Newark Star-Ledger has a brief story by Matt Friedmann here . The law requires vigorous reporting of incidents, even off campus, in public school systems and a code of conduct at universities. Gov. Chris Christie has indicate that he has some concerns over constitutionality. The law does not seem to single out sexual orientation issues for different treatment, but would require age-appropriate training of students. It is called an “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights”.

Maya Rao and Chelsea Conaboy have a longer story in the Philadelphia Inquirer, here.

However, the perpetrators of the Clementi webcam incident have been charged with felony invasion of privacy. It's unlikely that they will be prosecuted for hate crimes.

Generally, conservatives have not approved of the idea of making the penalty for crimes different because of the identity of the victim, but rather focusing on the crime itself.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Could "don't ask don't tell" logic over "privacy" spread to TSA screeners?

Well, the spate over the TSA last week is already coming into the “debate” on employment in at least one area outside the military. The Metro Weekly on Nov. 18, 2010 (which I picked up leaving the Town DC last night) has a note on page 82 about an article by “Americans for Truth” (“about Homosexuality”) here.

It’s a curious concept of the application of “truth” to take arguments to their ultimate logical consequences. But, yes, there are areas outside of the military where forced intimacy is possible. The article says “most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint”. Would he mind if Barney looked at the body scan image in another room? (Remember Dick Armey’s tongue slip about “Barney f..” and I think Barney was George W.’s dog. Okay, would men mind if a more attractive celebrity like Allen Lambert did it? (I could name many others.) Would the TSA have to enforce a formal “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for screeners? Hopefully, if DADT is finally repealed, the precedence for some areas of civilian life goes away.

I briefly considered becoming a screener in August 2002 while still in Minnesota, and I remember wondering about this possible "extension" of DADT into a civilian job then. But fire deparments have gotten over it (but back in the 1970s it was debated when cities started debating bans in employment on sexual orientation, even in the New York Post and Daily News).  Maybe taking this story seriously adds fuel to the fire, but Metro Times already did!

Last night, the Town DC held an “underwear party”, bringing back some beach in November. My camera didn’t work right under the lighting of the “reviewing stand”.

Also, I tried to get the pictures of the nearby (unrelated) DC9 club that was in the news. Not sure which one is right.

(or this one);

One more thing: I told a church group this morning that there was a real opportunity to end DADT during the lame duck session, and that ending it would help deal with school bullying (anti-gay and other).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

ACLU charges military cutting separation pay of those discharged under "don't ask don' tell"

Chris Johnson has a story (in the Washington Blade, Nov. 17) about a little-known complication of “don’t ask don’t tell” for servicemembers discharged under the policy.

The military normally pays separation “severance” pay for those forced to leave the service honorably with at least six years service. The ACLU recently filed suit challenging the common practice of cutting “severance” in half when discharges occur under “don’t ask don’t tell” or for “homosexual conduct”. The case involves former Air Force Staff Sergeant Richard Collins.

The link is here.

Workers Independent News has another account of the story here. This story was reproduced by the Democratic Underground, involved in controversial litigation with Righthaven (see my main "Bill Boushka" blog today). 

Another similar issue in the past has been recoupment of tuition from soldiers when they had attended college under ROTC scholarships or service academies and are separated for gay issues. That was the subject of the book by Jim Holobaugh, "Torn Allegiances: The Story of a Gay Cadet" (Alyson, 1993) under the “old” ban before 1993.

Also, Ed O'Keefe has a "Federal Eye" story on p A10 of the Nov. 18 Washington Post, "'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal will return to Senate floor, Reid says", link here. The vote (as part of the the Defense Authorization Bill") will not occur until after the Dec. 1 official "reading of the will" and some GOP senators (most notably McCain) say they will try to defer until 2011 for another survey, when the GOP will control the House. The original DADT law was passed on Nov. 30, 1993 as part of a Defense Authorization Law then.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Michigan teacher suspended for disciplining student for remark about homosexuality and his religion in class

A Michigan teacher Jay McDowell was suspended for mildly disciplining a student for saying homosexuality conflicted with his religious belief, after a logical debate following the question as tow whether it was inconsistent to disallow confederate displays when purple t-shirts (to support gay students) was allowed. A student from another school, Graeme Taylor, spoke up for the teacher at a community meeting, in a bit of irony.

Tom Henderson has a story on ParentDish, “Was Michigan teacher wrong to eject students for anti-gay remarks?” and questions who was the bully. The link, with an MSN video, is here.

The bullying and teasng that I experienced back in the 1950s was more about being "non competitive" as a boy.  But that turned me against the "values" of the whole "heterosexual world" which I perceived as humiliating.  Yet, I applied society's competitive values in my own way, rather in retrograde.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Washington Post gets blunt on lifting "don't ask don't tell" during lame duck session

Thanks to the Washington Post Monday morning (Nov. 15) for its editorial saying that the lame duck Congress session re-opening today should immediately act to pass the legislation (embedded in Defense Reauthorization) ending “don’t ask don’t tell”. It’s the lead editorial., just titled “Gays in the military”, link here.

The Post refers to the “last rationale” for keeping "don’t ask don’t tell' (or for “asking” overtly) as the attitude of the troops. More specifically, it’s the lowest common denominator, the issues in the most intimate sections of the military: the Marine Corps, and perhaps Navy submarines, as well as specialized combat groups like special forces and rangers. The problem from my end that ideas about equality move up from these regions into all ideas of society: if a gay person is less equal, his or her interests are vulnerable to expropriation to meet the “needs” of “families”.

The Post talks about Harry M. Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as in control. In fact, it seems that Senator John McCain, generally reasonable on most issues, seems determined to hold it up. I hope someone can convince him not to interfere with passage this time (as with a filibuster – remember, some Senators will say “we don’t have ‘time’ for this now”). His own party, Log Cabin Republicans, has work to do.

I supppose I'm only fueling the Washington Times by citing its "opposing view" today, a Commentary Page op-ed called "Lame-duck quackery; epudiated pols shouldn't impose homosexuality on the military" by Robert Knight, link here.  It seems as though the "repudiation" comes from "The Men" of the Marine Corps. But the Marine Corps had no problem with the presence of openly gay journalist Jason Bellini living with them and reporting for CNN during Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

I suppose if you look on the floor of any gay disco, you'd see a lot of men fit enough to join the Marine Corps, but most would say "no thank you."

Picture: Fort McNair, Washington DC, where President Clinton gave his July 19, 1993 speech proposing “don’t ask don’t tell”.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Georgia megachurch pastor says he is gay, in response to bullying crisis

Pastor James Swilley told his megachurch congregation of the Church in the Now (in Conyers, GA, east of Atlanta) (link) that he is gay recently, as a personal response to bullying-related teen suicides, especially Tyler Clementi at Rutgers. He has been married with several children for 21 years and remains so. A typical news story is (website url) here.

ABC News with George Stephanopoulos presented the story Nov. 8, and included Dan Savage with the “It Gets Better” campaign, and Fort Worth TX city councilman Joel Burns with a similar speech, reported in the Dallas Voice here. Again, I have some reservatiosn about the "It gets better" slogan as a principle.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Supreme Court rules that DADT stays until 9th Circuit reviews; McCains split on issue

The Supreme Court has allowed the military “don’t ask don’t tell” policy to stay in effect for now, while the Ninth Circuit reconsiders the appeal. The Court did not comment, and its temporary stay does not really give much of a clue as to how it would rule if it heard the case. AOL News has a headline here.

MSNBC also has an article noting the split between Arizona Senator and former GOP presidential candidate John McCain and his daughter Cindy on ending “don’t ask don’t tell”. McCain wants the DADT removal stripped from the defense reauthorization bill, and led a filibuster (I still think a silly and unethical device) in the Senate to prevent a vote in September. The link is here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Should parents prod their kids to gender conformity? Will Marine Corps scuttle DADT repeal?

Jeneba Ghatt has a piece in The Washington Times online, “Can parents steer their children’s sexual orientation?” link here. The article really doesn’t address that so much, as to whether parents should encourage kids to be themselves (especially when it comes to gender conformity and dressing at events), or to conform to expectations of society (it seems sometimes to keep from being bullied). For this newspaper, the tone of the piece was surprisingly gentle.

Demands for gender conformity seem to come from a "moral" belief that everyone must be able to carry out prescribed social responsibilities (related to gender), regardless of personal choices.  That is definitely the impression that iI got growing up in the 1950s. It's the "if I have to do it, you have to do it" style of thinking.

One of the problems that let me to the debate on gays in the military, is the idea that you can’t be fully equal or fully free unless you can step up and take the same risks and responsibilities as everyone else. In that respect, the recent survey results specifically about the Marine Corps, with its unusual demands for cohesion, raises an existential question: do the sacrifices of bravest components of society set the tone for what should be expected of the rest of us? Is that what “fairness” means? Remember, totalitarian systems are usually concerned with the idea that no one should benefit from someone else’s unseen sacrifice.

I remember stirring things up on a bivuouac hike in Basic in 1968 by saying "The Marines are tougher than the Army".  I just blurted out what came into my head, even in the Army.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington Post reports: Pentagon survey shows minimal risk in lifting DADT during wartime; Marine Corps did show more oppostion to lifting ban

The Washington Post has broken a story by Ed O’Keefe and Greg Jaffe, “Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war”, link here.

This is a story on the 370 page survey report, due to the president December 1. About 40% in the Marine Corps, where conditions are said to be more intimate, expressed objection.

In May 1993 I actually boarded the USS Sunfish submarine (in Norfolk, VA, commissioned 1963) and saw the close living quarters myself.

Anderson Cooper covered the story Wednesday night on AC360. CNN analyst Begala suggested that President Obama could end the ban now with a stop-loss order, but Jeffrey Toobin disagreed. Toobin suggested that repeal in the Senate would be very difficult even in the lame duck session given the political climate within the GOP.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Dallas had a checkered gay history in the 1980s, driven sometimes by elections

Ah, elections! A week or so after the midterms, I remember that “Elections” were a bad word in Dallas around 1980.   Bar owners dreaded them. Before elections, police were more likely to troll the bars and make arrests for “public lewdness” until a particular computer operator was acquitted in 1981. One unfortunate chap was almost forced to “leave Dallas” by the DA because he got targeted twice. One other problem: judges are elected in Texas (I know, I was called to jury duty four times in nine years).

On the other hand, the Dallas Gay Alliance was indeed very active in those days, particularly in “getting out the vote.” In those days (even before AIDS) we didn’t look for political equality, we just tried to be left alone. In 1982, a local federal judge (Jerry Buchmeyer) would overturn the Texas sodomy law 21.06 (the case was Baker v. Wade (website) link ), but the decision would eventually be vacated by the Fifth Circuit, and of course Bowers v. Hardwick upheld sodomy laws (including hetero, Georgia) in 1986. But in 2003, Lawrence v. Texas finally overturned 21.06 (gay only).

In 1983, representative Bill Ceverha from Amarillo tried to introduce a bill 21.06A aka 21.38 that would strengthened the sodomy law and prohibited gays from working in many occupations. Ceverha claimed that AIDS represented a “public health emergency.” This was a year before the discovery of HTLV-III (aka HIV) would be announced. Fortunately it died in committee in May 1983, but the DGA certainly had a scare. I remember Bill Nelson and Terry Tebedo, owners of the Crossroads Market, from those days. Curiously, 1980 had started so optimistically with a party “The 80s are ours.”

History can move faster than we expect.

Wikipedia attribution link for EDS symphony hall

Monday, November 08, 2010

Marine Corps commandant opposes DADT repeal because Marine Corps is even more "intimate"

Anne Gearan has an AP story about comments by US Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos that it is still wrong to lift “don’t ask don’t tell” during the war in Afghanistan and a sensitive demilitarization of Iraq. But the interesting thing about his comments was the way he says Marine Corps experience is more intimate than that of the other services. Permanent party Marines never have private rooms. Typically, Marines take territory and the Army holds it. But his comments are exaggerated: certainly many Army soldiers experience primitive conditions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other deployments.

Mike Mullen, chairman of the JCS, said he was surprised and perhaps ambushed by Amos’s comments. He thought that the JCS had signed off on the survey to be released in December.

In 1993, Carl Mundy, then commandant, was particularly vocal against lifting the ban, when asking as mandatory. But the Marine Corps then also did not want married men to join either. They didn’t want gays, and they didn’t want straights, the press said.

In 1993, the Rand Corporation report also noted the extreme intimacy of Marine Corps quartering in Navy ships, compared to normal Army quarters.  Likewise, sailors on submarines are in cramped quarters and even experience "hot bunking" (the sharing of the same cot around ships) and refer to "bunkmates".

The link is here.

On November 9, the New York Times had a front page story is "Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Faces Struggle in Congress", link here. The writers are Elisabeth Busmiller and David M. Herzenhorn. There are concerns as to whether the lame duck session of Congress after Thanksgiving will have "time" for it, and whether a GOP House will support it, even given a favorable survey.  McCain has been hostile to repeal.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

"All Saints Saturday Night" at the clubs (with an extra hour)

I guess the first Sunday in November (rather than just November 1) is “All Saints Day” and the Saturday night before, when we get an extra hour, is All Saints Eve. So it was last night with the clubbing. In Washington, Town was moderately packed for the post-Halloween (or “whose body survived Halloween”) party.

In one conversation, I heard how gay military officers sometimes leave “quietly” (as Randy Shilts said in his 1993 book “Conduct Unbecoming”) and sometimes take related jobs with civilian contractors or even (in DC) civilian DOD or Pentagon jobs doing similar work (since they have the TS clearances and that has pretty much stopped being an issue for civilians since the early 90s. The “risk” is not worth it.

I’m struck by something else, as I think about why some people think that gays “destroy the family”. It seems on observation that in many families people see the decision to marry and have children as dependent on the “loyalty” of other family members, and their being able to count on the childless to step up and help them if something goes wrong; without that “family solidarity” [where immediate family is personal the safety net] so common in the soap operas, it’s harder to commit to the decision to even have one. People who don’t have their own children (until more recently, most LGBT people) would experience this unchosen personal family responsibility as as subservience and perhaps sacrifice. This doesn’t fit the norms of an individualistic society (where personal expressive efforts, as on the Web, are legally and morally supported by individualistic values); but in the past, particularly in rural or less well educated families (the “Red families”, as in the book by Cahn and Carbone, reviewed Aug. 2, 2010) this was expected, and it is certainly the norm in the developing world, where immigrants often send money back to relatives from jobs. In a world that embraces inheritance and “generational wealth” it seems that one can benefit from the marital sexuality of others, but one must also sometimes then submit to it, perhaps even “sacrificially”. The family solidarity problem seems to map to the “unit cohesion” problem for the military. How many people think about the big picture this way?

(By the way, I passed the DC9 club (across from Nellies) nearby, as recently in the local DC news; I guess it was open; no connection to the gay clubs.)

Update: Sept. 26, 2012

The DC9 club (straight), involved in news stories about an incident, is actually down 9th Street a couple of addresses from Nellie's. It has no connection to other clubs discussed here.   My "issues" blog has a label on zoning, where closure "for nuicance"  issues are discussed.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Outing celebrities: Ricky Martin, et al

Singer Ricky Martin, 38, announced that he is gay on The View recently, and that he had his two twin sons in 2008 by surrogate parenting. It would seems surprising that he had feared previously that announcing such would affect his career. He reportedly said that he came out for the sake of his two sons.

A typical story by Colleen Eagan is here. Popeater has a story ‘I am a fortunate homosexual man”, link here.

Here’s SRayon’s YouTube clip from “The View” in 2006 on outing celebrities.

Martin’s own website is here.

Martin was a popular singer in videos around 2000.  One of the most often played was "She Bangs".

Ricky Martin, looking much younger than his 38 years, appeared on Larry King Live on November 9.  Judge Judy appeared Nov. 10 and supported gay marriage, and later said "I never learned anything when i was talking!"

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Iowans vote out state supreme court justices who ruled for gay marriage; Obama repeats pledge to end DADT day after GOP "midterm exam" rout

Three Iowa state supreme court justices were voted out of office Tuesday, the Iowa Republican reports here. The Iowas Supreme Court had struck down the state ban on gay marriage, but voters may have been upset over other issues.

The affected state supreme court justices are Marsha Ternus, David Baker, and Michael Streit.

I’ve always wondered about allowing judges to be elected (inviting partisanship), although I recall that in Texas they are elected (when I lived in Dallas in the 1980s, I was called for jury duty four times.)

On Wednesday, in a press conference, President Obama reinterated that he intends to encourage Congress to end “don’t ask don’t tell” and that service in the military should be based on performance and conduct alone. He said it would be much better for Congress to end the policy in an orderly manner than have continual litigation in courts and uncertainty for DOD as to what the policy means.

Remember, the current litigation against DADT came from the GOP!

Monday, November 01, 2010

9th Circuit indefinitely stays injunction halting DADT

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has indefinitely stayed the lower court ruling of judge Virginia Phillops to stop DOD from enforcing “don’t ask don’t tell” according to news reports late Nov. 1. A typical story on MSN and the Kentucky News is here. This story is by Mark Seibel of McClatchy newspapers/

In general, the Circuit said that a sudden change in policy could be harmful to the Armed Forces, and that it could not interfere with previous rulings in appeals courts in circuits 1, 2, 4 and 8 without a full hearing on the merits of the Log Cabin case.

SLDN offered the following press release.