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Gays in the Military

White House Reiterates Its Commitment To Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

America Blog | John Aravosis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's been a disturbing 24 hours. But the White House has just updated its Web site to indicate that it continues to support the repeal of the Don't As...

An Embarrassment to the Uniform

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

I have been an officer in the US Air Force for the last 18 years. At every step in my service I have been repeatedly informed of my responsibility to prevent discrimination based on gender, race and religion.

Man the Barricades, Men! The Gays Are at the Gates!

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Their warning of the "grave harm" that will ensue if gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly in our all-volunteer military was essentially that volunteers will leave in droves.

Ivies and the Military -- Toward Reconciliation (Harvard Administration Blows an Opportunity)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

It is past time for our elite universities to reconsider their sometime anti-military bias that is most clearly expressed in their continuing (often bitter) opposition to restoring ROTC to campus.

Disrespecting the Troops, One Thousand Officers at a Time

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Elaine Donnelly's list of 1,000 officers proves only one thing: That the more things change, the more the agents of intolerance will fight to keep them the same.

Bill To Overturn Gay Military Ban Being Introduced In Congress

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Uh oh -- this could be a bit of a test for President Obama: The office of Dem Rep. Ellen Tauscher confirms that she will introduce legislation today ...

A Study in Contrasts on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Ralls

The government of Argentina, an increasingly welcoming South American country when it comes to lesbians and gays, officially ended its prohibition on open service in the armed forces.

As Congress Moves to End Gay Ban, Don't Let History Repeat Itself

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Rep. Ellen Tauscher has just announced she'll introduce a bill to repeal the ban on open gays in the military, a momentous step that comes on the 15th anniversary of this highly unpopular policy.

When the President Orders, the Military Follows

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

I believe Congress will be in lockstep with the President on a repeal of DADT. At the end of this year, the law that bars gay men and women from serving openly in the military can be gone.

The Dream of Equality Is for All, Not 'Almost All'

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

The world is counting on Obama. Here at home millions in the LGBT community, and thousands of gays and lesbians now serving their country but forced to serve in silence, they are counting on him too.

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Switch Makes "Gay" the New Civil Rights Issue

Phil Bronstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Bronstein

It turns out that Barack Obama's civil rights issue is now coming clearly into focus, and it's not about race. It's about gays.

Repealing DOMA Will Ease the Warren Sting

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell has been floated as one opportunity for Obama, but I encourage the new President to try frying a bigger fish -- the Defense of Marriage Act.

Colin Powell a Reformed Sinner?

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The radical shift in Powell's stance on LGBT issues should not give him a carte blanche. As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell justified homophobia as a simple objection to a behavioral choice.

Colin Powell On Don't Ask, Don't Tell: "We Should Definitely Re-Evaluate It" (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Colin Powell appeared on Fareed Zakaria's CNN how, the "Global Public Square." During a wide-ranging interview, Zakaria brought up the policy of "Don...

Baby Steps -- and Big Questions -- for General Colin Powell

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

In answering inquiries about the military's ban, General Powell has raised more questions than he has offered answers about where he stands on the issue of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Under Obama "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Will Pass Away

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

I am confident that Mr. Obama will work to end the ban on lesbians and gays serving openly in the military. Why am I so confident? Because Barack Obama said so.

Ranking the Issues: Gay Rights in an Economic Crisis

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Because gay civil rights struggles affect fewer individuals, it's hard to justify putting them at the top of the list. The alternative is to reject the ranked priorities political model altogether.

Don't Ask Don't Tell: Getting Repeal Right This Time

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

To get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" we must proceed deliberately and according to a plan, which will not require grandstanding, but rather actual leadership.

Obama and the End of the Military's Ban on Gays

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

While this will not be an easy fight, it also won't likely be a return to the belabored hearings of the Clinton presidency which produced the Bizarro World Don't Ask, Don't Tell non-policy of not asking what nobody's saying.

Obama, Bill Clinton and the Media "Center"

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Norman Solomon

The fog of memory and the spin of media are teaming up to explain that Obama must hew to "the center" if he knows what's good for his presidency.

This Time, Hear All Opinions on Gay Troops Issue

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Yesterday a document was released that was signed by over one hundred retired generals and admirals calling for repeal of the gay ban.

A Letter to General Powell

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

General Powell, is there is something wrong with a gay kid dreaming he or she could one day be a soldier in the Army of the United States?

What the Media Missed in a Plan for Repeal

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Anyone who read the headlines this week about Senator Barack Obama's support for ending the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bi...

The Men Who Made Me Love Hillary

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

Unfortunately, the coterie of cautious centrists being touted by the Obama campaign as short-listers for the vice presidential nod are hardly up to the task of taking on the Republican attack machine.

A Six-Figure Solution Missing One Common-Sense Addition

Steve Ralls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Ralls

Retaining good straight troops to the tune of $150,000 with Arabic skills may be an investment worth making, but in the long run, that platoon of lesbians might just turn out to be priceless, too.