Archive for the ‘Military’ category

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, […]

The National ACLU and its New York affiliate announced this week a change in policy by the New York State National Guard that it will no longer administer mandatory pregnancy tests to female Guard members and will not automatically dismiss female members of the New York Guard when they become pregnant, rather they will be […]

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 New York Times reports today about Lisa Pagan, a member of the U.S. Army Individual Ready Reserves, who brought her two small children (ages 3 and 4) with her when she had been reactivated for service and reported for duty at Ft. Benning, GA, hoping to dramatize her request for an exemption from service […]

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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