Transgender Soldier Meets the President

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 6:50 am

Memorial Day weekend is, first and foremost, about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It honors the many sacrifices of those who served and who are currently serving. It lifts up families and friends who have lost loved ones to combat and in the line of duty. It recognizes the best our nation had and has to offer.

Last week, as I have on every Memorial Day spent in D.C., I joined thousands of people who visited Arlington National Cemetery to honor our fallen brothers and sisters by putting some flowers on graves and placing flags. I know how President Obama feels about lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members. He’s been very clear about that. But I wonder what he thinks about the policies that bar transgender people from serving openly.

 

An Executive Order to End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Wouldn’t Have Caused Blowback

By: Monday January 28, 2013 4:19 pm

The reason the law ending DADT caused almost no controversy wasn’t because it was the product of slow process of bipartisan legislative concession building. It caused no controversy because the vast majority of Americans saw it as the right thing to do.

Military Service Members Discharged Under Ban on Homosexuality to Receive Full Separation Pay

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 7:35 am

In a settlement reached between the ACLU and the federal government, an injustice will be righted. The Department of Defense cut separation pay in half for any service member who is discharged for “homosexuality.” The ACLU filed a class action lawsuit challenging that discriminatory internal policy of the Department of Defense as unconstitutional. The separation-pay policy is not part of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the DoD can change it immediately without congressional approval.

Dan Choi White House Protest Charges Dismissed

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 3:06 pm

CHARGES DISMISSED!

DADT Repeal: A 21st Century Civil Rights Victory

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 7:17 am

At 12:01am, the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy was formally repealed. Gays and lesbians can now serve freely in the US Armed Forces. The official notice from the US Army was released last night, in a completely understated document. “The law is repealed,” says the letter from Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler. “It is the duty of all personnel to treat each other with dignity and respect, while maintaining good order and discipline throughout our ranks. Doing so, we will help the US Army remain the strength of the Nation.”

Stand with Lt. Dan Choi: Oppose His Punishment at the Hands of the White House and Military.

DoJ Files Emergency Brief to Reinstate DADT

By: Friday July 15, 2011 6:54 am

The Justice Department will seek a short-term emergency stay to the bar on the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a puzzling twist to a court case that appeared to end the policy outright.

Gates Begins Process of Full DADT Repeal

By: Friday January 7, 2011 11:45 am

As we all know, the repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy represented only part of the story. Now, the President, in association with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, must certify the actual repeal, which would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

McConnell the Man Who Declares Things “Controversial”

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 1:45 pm

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t actually need to oppose Democrats’ proposals. He can simply declare that he opposes the Democrats’ plan thereby instantly making the issue a “controversy” for the media. By merely labeling any proposal “controversial” he can often succeed in making it less popular.

Obama DoJ: DADT “Repeal” Ends Their Appeal

By: Thursday December 30, 2010 6:00 pm

Barack Obama’s Department of Justice today argued in a federal court that the “repeal” of Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell signed by the President (which provides a pathway via certification to the Congress by the military, the Secretary of Defense, and the President that the DoD is ready to end DADT) means that there’s no need for them to continue their appeal of the Log Cabin Republicans’ case in the Ninth Circuit.

DADT: Change Shouldn’t Have Been This Hard

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 1:15 pm

It is with great joy that I note the Senate passage and today’s signing by President Obama of a bill that should lead to the eventual repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy was pure discrimination, and has no place in a fair and equal society. But the events of the last few days would not have happened without the past two years of tireless advocacy from the grassroots. It was some of best, unrelenting political activism in recent times, for which many deserve credit.

That said, change shouldn’t be this hard.

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