Obama: ‘This is a very good day’

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 at 5:05pm

President signs bill to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Click here to watch video of Obama’s speech Click here for more reactions Related story: Military will write rules on repeal of ban Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service Following a dramatic and eloquent speech, President Barack Obama on Wednesday morning, Dec. 22 signed the legislation […]

Military will write rules on repeal of gay ban

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 at 12:00pm

LOLITA C. BALDOR  |  Associated Press WASHINGTON — Gays and lesbians will be treated just like any other soldiers, sailors, airmen or marines, the new rules say. But commanders will have some flexibility when they believe it’s needed to maintain order and discipline in their units. As the U.S. military begins to map out how […]

Va. legislator wants to ban gays from state National Guard

Posted on 21 Dec 2010 at 5:48pm

DENA POTTER  |  Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — A conservative Virginia legislator says he is drafting a bill to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard following the vote by Congress to allow them to serve openly in the United States military. Del. Bob Marshall said the repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, […]

Senate votes to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Posted on 18 Dec 2010 at 4:00pm

John Wright  |  Online Editor In a landmark victory for gay rights, the U.S. Senate gave final approval Saturday afternoon to a bill repealing the military’s 17-year-old ban on open service. The bill, which passed the House earlier in the week, cleared the Senate by a margin of 65-31. It now goes to President Barack […]

HRC accused of ‘spitting in face’ of Milk’s memory

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 at 4:02pm

Cleve Jones, others criticize organization’s plans for ‘Action Center’ at site of slain gay rights leader’s Castro Street store Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — On the surface, the new tenant at the storefront where Harvey Milk waged his historic political campaign would seem like the last organization to anger people in the gay community. The […]

After Senate hearing, DADT repeal still up in air

Posted on 03 Dec 2010 at 8:37pm

Service chiefs all say they can implement end to ban on gays Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service The second and final day of the Senate hearing on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” has adjourned, and the battle lines are still very much where they were at the beginning, with one exception. Massachusetts Republican Sen. […]

Gay Brazilian married in U.S. may face deportation

Posted on 09 Nov 2010 at 10:22pm

RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Associated Press BOSTON — A Brazilian man who was recently reunited with his Massachusetts husband when federal officials temporarily allowed him into the U.S. said he could face deportation because the attorney general won’t reverse the immigration ruling that initially separated the couple. Genesio Oliveira, 31, said Monday, Nov. 8 that he […]

Gavin Newsom’s win keeps political future afloat

Posted on 08 Nov 2010 at 8:52pm

JUDY LIN | Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. — He’s best-known for opening San Francisco’s City Hall to same-sex weddings and was once thought to be too liberal even for the bulk of California. But Gavin Newsom’s decisive Nov. 2 win as the state’s next second-in-command has rekindled prospects that he may one day be a […]

Removal of Iowa judges may inspire similar efforts

Posted on 08 Nov 2010 at 8:38pm

MICHAEL J. CRUMB and NOMAAN MERCHANT | Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Emboldened by the success of a ballot initiative to oust Iowa judges who supported gay marriage, conservative activists are looking for new ways to use the power of the vote to strike back against the courts. Judicial-removal campaigns have generally been difficult […]

LGBT groups react to big losses in House, Senate

Posted on 03 Nov 2010 at 10:24am

From Staff and Wire Reports Republicans won control of the U.S. House in Tuesday’s elections. As of 3 a.m. Wednesday, it appeared the GOP will hold at least 234 seats, to Democrats’ 180. But Democrats retained a slim majority in the U.S. Senate — holding 51 seats, compared to the Republicans’ 47. At 3 a.m. […]