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With President Obama’s signature on December 22nd of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, one might wonder about the status of the legal challenge to DADT now pending in the 9th Circuit?  Does the passage of the law render the challenge moot?  Or are there ongoing reasons why the 9th Circuit should […]

Repeal of DADT: What Next?


December 22nd, 2010

With President Obama’s signature putting the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell today, one might think: finally!  Lesbians and gay men can now serve their country openly and as patriots just like heterosexuals.  What is more, since the U.S. military is the country’s largest employer, the repeal of DADT should be seen as a victory […]

Back in November, the U.S. representative to the UN Human Rights Committee abstained when a vote was taken on a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings on the grounds that the final resolution removed a specific mention of sexual orientation-based killings that had been included in the document since 2008 (the […]

Tomorrow starts the Thanksgiving travel crunch and there is much hullabaloo about the new TSA airport screening regulations.  Depending on the airport, one should expect either to have their body scanned or patted down in new and more thorough ways.  Apparently the new regulations are so invasive that an Arkansas man has filed an action […]

While US lgbt activists chain themselves to White House gates and continue to put pressure on the Obama Administration to gain repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. representative to the UN Human Rights Committee yesterday abstained when a vote was taken on a resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings […]

The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a contempt motion today against the FDA for ignoring a March 2009 court order to end age restrictions on emergency contraception.  The motion is here.  CRR sued the FDA in 2005 (complaint here) for failing to grant over-the-counter status to EC against the advice of its scientific experts and […]

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, at a press conference in connection with diplomatic and defense meetings held in Australia, urged that DADT be repealed by Congress during its lame duck session in December.  With the Pentagon’s long awaited “study” of the wisdom of repeal of DADT forthcoming in December, the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats […]

Less than 24 hours after district court judge Virginia Phillips denied the Obama Administration’s motion to stay the implementation of her order to suspend the ban on out lesbians and gays serving in the military, a three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay “temporarily in order to provide this […]

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 […]

The U.S. government’s motion for a stay of U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips’s ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States was argued today and the judge should issue a ruling by tomorrow.  The Obama administration’s gyrations in at once defending the rightness of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a legal matter in the […]

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