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Families

Military Will Offer 10 Days Leave To Members In Marriage Inequality States Who Wish To Marry

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:59 AM August 14, 2013
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The Defense Department will announce a new marriage equality policy today, including leave for those stationed in non-equality states who wish to marry.

DOMA

Breaking: Defense Department Extends Benefits To Same-Sex Partners

by David Badash ● 12:26 PM February 11, 2013
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Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced he is ordering the Defense Department to extend benefits to partners of military same-sex couples.

Arts

‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 10:45 AM December 24, 2012
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‘Twas the week before Christmas
And all through The House,
The Speaker went begging,
While the Tea Caucus groused……
The New Civil Rights Movement presents our annual political parody, ‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas.

Civil Rights

Breaking: Gates Issues Order To Speed Up Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

by David Badash ● 5:27 PM January 6, 2011
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Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has issued an order to speed up the training and processes that will lead to the actual repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy banning openly gay and lesbian service members. Stars and Stripes, the military’s newspaper, moments ago reported “Gates has instructed the Defense Department to accelerate [...]

Legislation

“The White House opposes any effort to strip ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ from the bill”

by David Badash ● 8:09 PM November 8, 2010
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Fueled by a Wall Street Journal report this morning, the Internets today have been chock full of the news that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is all but dead. (Read: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal is 99% Dead.) But today, Metroweekly’s Chris Geidner, with the help of HRC, has been pushing back, even battling the likes [...]

Civil Rights

Lt. Dan Choi – You’re NOT In The Army Now

by David Badash ● 3:42 PM October 22, 2010
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Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war veteran, Arab linguist, and West Point grad turned “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal activist, today, it appears, LOST what he had said he wanted from day one: the opportunity to serve his country in the armed forces again, just three days after re-enlisting in the Army. Just a short [...]