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Lt. Dan Choi Convicted for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Protest

"The human bonds that can be formed by courage transcends generations. All that racism, homophobia we defeat with skin on skin." -Lt. Dan Choi going in for trial this morning, holding hands with other civil rights leaders.

Choi was convicted and fined $100 for “failure to obey” in conjunction with a┬áNovember 2010 protest of the since-repealed DADT policy outside the White House. “I believe the White House sidewalk is a free-speech zone,” he said.

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Trial Against Lt. Dan Choi for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Protest Set for Thursday

Army Lieutenant Daniel "Dan" Choi, West Point graduation portrait taken in 2003.

The case concerns whether Lt. Choi should serve up to six months of jail time or pay a fine of up to $5,000 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest of the DADT policy in November 2010. Choi argues that since DADT has since been repealed, his charges should be dropped.

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Morning Roundup: Abortion More Dangerous Than al-Qaeda?

A British royal cousin says abortion is worse than terrorism; a Republican backs away from an abortion billboard campaign; “reclaiming” the rainbow; conservative support for anti-gay hate groups; and oh yeah, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is repealed!

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Headed For Extinction?

The Pentagon released the results of a review of the military if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were to be repealed. The conclusion? It’s time to say good-bye to discrimination based on sexual orientation in the military. Our soldiers can handle it – and so can military leadership.

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Judge Strikes Down Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The Associated Press reports that a federal judge in Southern California has declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because the ban violates the First Amendment rights of gays and lesbians.

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UPDATED: Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) Not Running for Reelection

Democratic Senator Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) announced today that he will not be running for reelection

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Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: The First SOTU Promise Broken?

Will the Obama Administration follow through on promises to end “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell,” and lift the ban on gays in the military or are we facing same-old, same-old politics from the administration of “change?”

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Roundup: Will Obama Ask to End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?

Tonight is the president’s State of the Union address and while Obama is sure to address health care reform there is some hope that he may also call on Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for the military.

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Obama Promises, Then Punts, on LGBT Rights

Obama and the Democrats, the ostensible allies of LGBT tax-paying citizens, have repeatedly chickened out and sold out gay rights whenever flashed an opportunity to pander. And we’re sick of it.

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