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Gays in the Military

Sen. McCain's Opposition to DADT Repeal Is Prejudiced, not Principled

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Senator John McCain, leader of efforts to block the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," disavows the possibility that he's motivated by prejudice, but there are at least five pieces of evidence that contradict this.

GOP Congressman: Gays In The Military Threaten America's 'Existence'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the heat of the debate over the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal bill, which was eventually passed by the House Wednesday by a 250 to 175 margin, Rep...

Dan Choi Hospitalized

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, perhaps the most prominent face pioneering the effort to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on openly gay ...

Amanda Terkel

Petraeus Aide: If Troops Don't Like DADT Repeal, They Should Leave The Service | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, is out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don't A...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Picks Up Important Vote From Dem Senator

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The bid to repeal the policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military just picked up an important vote....

Liz Cheney: 'It's Time' To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, declared last week that "it's time" to end the m...

I'm Asking and I'm Telling

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Abe Gurko

Nothing is more embarrassing than watching the news with all these old men bandying about the words "gay" and "homosexual." The possible repeal of Don...

Gay Birds Just Want to Serve Their Country, Too

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Being neither Christian nor particularly conservative, I've never had any problems with homosexuals, so I may not be the most qualified person to opin...

Military Chaplains Voice 'Intense' Views On DADT

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- A long-awaited report on the possible repeal of the military's ban on openly gay members says...

WATCH: Defense Secretary Warns GOP Senators They're Going Down A 'Dangerous Path' On DADT

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate held hearings this morning on the Pentagon's recently released report about the effects of repealing the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'...

McCain Flips Military the Bird

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Republicans are now revealing that they don't care what's good for the military, or about known facts regarding don't ask, don't tell and its effect on military cohesion and performance.

Amanda Terkel

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hearings: Live Updates From Washington | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Armed Services committee is holding hearings for the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Thursday. Secretary of Defe...

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Study: Resistance To Racial Integration 'Far More Intense' Than To DADT Repeal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Greg Sargent's evening read-out noted this highlight from the executive summary of the Pentagon's study of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," cited over at Daily...

Jason Linkins

DADT Repeal Opponents Come Up With Fresh Excuses Despite Study Results [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is "strongly urging" Congress to take up the matter of repealing the military's longstanding "Don't Ask Don't Te...

Ex-Law Official Pens Shocking 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Op-Ed

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Joe Rehyansky, a former official at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, District Attorney's office, recently penned an op-ed opposed to allowing gays in the m...

Religious Groups Support Repealing Gay Military Ban

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Pentagon readies a long-awaited survey of military personnel on lifting the Don't Ask/D...

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham: 'Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Not Going Anywhere' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) predicted on Sunday that the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy would not be repealed during the re...

Sam Stein

Don't Ask Don't Tell's Final Act: Stage Is Set For Hearing | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The stage has been formally set for the final, theatrical hearing over whether or not Congress will repeal the military's Don't Ask Don'...

There's No Such Thing as a "Lame Duck"

David Perez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Perez

Given our deep government debt, I think American taxpayers would be surprised to know that our congressional leaders are declaring work done until January -- and still collecting paychecks.

Howard Fineman

Lame Duck Session Threatens To Negatively Define Obama | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - This Lame Duck, it turns out, is a Bird of Prey. The post-election Congress, which will return after Thanksgiving and remain in town u...

What Does America Fear from Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'?

Harmon Leon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harmon Leon

The Navy, of all military branches, should strongly be in favor of repealing don't ask don't tell; this branch involves being stuck on a boat with a bunch of guys in sailor suits.

Don't Ask, Don't Care

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Listen, Congress. The majority of the people have spoken, and it's not so much "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," as simply, "Don't Care."

The Real Policy is "Don't Talk About It"

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Despite public and military support for overturning Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, military ...

The Split-Screen Struggle Over Gay Rights

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

America finds itself at a real turning point in the struggle for gay rights. And, as during all turning points, it's as if we are watching the struggle unfold on a split screen: progress on one side, setbacks on the other.

Gay Troops Urge Defense Bill Passage Even if DADT Fails

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

According to advocates for gay and lesbian troops, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" is critical, but the safety of their peers is even more paramount. This takes a lot of chutzpah, and it makes Senate Republicans look even more petty.