Archive for the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ category

Late Tuesday afternoon, Judge Virginia Phillips, District Court judge for the Central District of California, denied a request by the Department of Justice to stay her ruling finding that the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law violated the constitutional rights of current and future lesbian and gay members of the armed services. In a clear […]

After a six day trial,  a federal judge in Tacoma Washington ruled yesterday that homosexuality cannot be a bar to military service.  Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that Margaret Witt should be reinstated to the Air Force Reserves after having been discharged for being a lesbian. Witt claimed that her discharge under the military’s Don’t Ask, […]

The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has submitted a report to Congress showing U.S. allies have managed smooth transitions to having gay and lesbian soldiers serve openly in the military. Based on extensive research into the experiences of Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom, the report, entitled “Open Service and Our […]

All eyes were on the Senate hearings this week on repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, meaning that before long members of the U.S. military will be permitted to do two things without negative consequences for the first time in U.S. history: i) say out loud “I am gay or lesbian,” and […]

Last night at the Human Rights Campaign dinner President Barack Obama delivered his first big speech on lgbt issues since becoming President.   There was much anticipation for the speech, as some in the gay community feel that the President has not moved fast enough on the issues affecting our community. If you can see this, […]

News sources report today that the Obama Administration has determined to reverse the previous administration’s refusal to be a signatory to UN statement calling for an end to rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  As we blogged earlier here and here, the declaration was signed by all 27 European Union members as […]

The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General. Hopefully this will be the last hiring season in which law schools are asked to bracket their objections to employers who explicitly discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation for the better financial benefit of the University (the Solomon Amendment threatens cutting off all federal […]

ROTC at Columbia


September 16th, 2008

Last week when John McCain and Barack Obama were at Columbia to discuss “national service” in a non-partisan way, both candidates criticized the University for failing to reinstate ROTC activities on campus, asserting, as Senator Obama put it, that the University’s policy denies “young people….at Columbia….an option in participating in military service.” The Naval ROTC […]

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