Calling the current ban on transgender military service members “outdated,” Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the Department of Defense will start the process of lifting the ban and allowing transgender people to serve openly.
Choi was convicted and fined $100 for “failure to obey” in conjunction with a November 2010 protest of the since-repealed DADT policy outside the White House.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.
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 Choi argues that since DADT has since been repealed, his charges should be dropped.
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campaign; “reclaiming” the rainbow; conservative support for anti-gay hate groups; and oh yeah, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is repealed!
The Pentagon released the results of a review of the military if Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell were to be repealed.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.
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.
Democratic Senator Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) announced today that he will not be running for reelection
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?”
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.
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.