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The 'Telling Our Stories' Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

The ‘Telling Our Stories’ Series: Changing Hearts & Minds

As we move quickly into the holiday season, where many of us will be spending more time with family and friends, it’s important to remember the impact we all can have on equality by simply telling our personal stories. As a reminder of the power that we all can have to change hearts and minds,…

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DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

DOMA repeal vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein. This legislation would repeal the so-called ‘Defense of Marriage Act,’ which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages. DOMA’s impact is far reaching for same-sex couples, affecting Social Security survivor benefits after a spouse passes away, the…

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GOP debate: Audience boos active-duty gay soldier asking about DADT

GOP debate: Audience boos active-duty gay soldier asking about DADT

In what is becoming a regular occurrence in the Republican 2012 presidential debates, the audience’s cringe-inducing reactions are becoming the big headline. At Thursday night’s Fox News/​Google debate, the GOP crowd booed a question from a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq. This follows jaw-dropping moments in previous GOP debates in which the audience cheered…

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In their own words: DADT repeal videos

In their own words: DADT repeal videos

There is a lot to say about the historic day on September 20th when the 17 year old law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was finally repealed. But rather than just write about the discriminatory policy that kept the estimated 70,000 gay, lesbian, and bisexual personnel who are currently serving their country from being open…

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DADT Repeal Update: Roadblocks & Celebrations

DADT Repeal Update: Roadblocks & Celebrations

Ding dong, DADT is almost dead! The discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that keeps gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving their country openly in the military is finally in its last days. The 17 year old law is set to end on Sept 20th, 2011. This is following the long road of passage…

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Historic Milestone: Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal certified

Historic Milestone: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal certified

A key milestone in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has just occurred as President Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen formally issued their certification to the Armed Services committees of both houses of Congress, signifying that the military is ready…

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DADT News: Open lesbian appointed to West Point’s board

DADT News: Open lesbian appointed to West Point’s board

President Obama appointed the first openly gay person to West Point’s Board of Visitors, the board that advises the President on matters relating to U.S. Military Academy. The Board of Visitors is made up of six presidential appointees and nine members of Congress. Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, an army veteran who graduated from West Point…

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'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal News: A Pride Month Certification?

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal News: A Pride Month Certification?

Robert Gates, the outgoing Secretary of Defense who is set to leave his position June 30, has said he would support certification of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal before he goes: 

“I think people are pretty satisfied with the way this process is going forward. I think people have been mildly and pleasantly surprised at…

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