Activist Video: Activist Iowa judge actively giving activist speech on active activist video!

You’ve heard us talk about the inappropriateness of social conservatives’ current campaign to remove the three Iowa justices who are on the ballot in this year’s retention vote (David Baker, Michael Streit and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus) simply because they, the self-appointed moral monopolists, don’t like the way the UNANIMOUS marriage equality decision went down. But now hear from the man who actually wrote the Varnum opinion (by luck of the draw), Republican appointee Mark Cady, as he shares his views on the independent judiciary’s pivotal role and the need to do what’s right even in the face of rage and/or complacency:




‘Independence’ cited by justice in same-sex case [Des Moines Register]

**SEE ALSO: What Terry Brandstad, former state governor (’83-’99) and current GOP candidate to return to the governor’s office, had to say about Cady back when he appointed him:

The Cedar Rapids Gazette, 9/20/98

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Partners of active duty gay and lesbian troops will meet with Pentagon Working Group

We’ve seen the derogatory surveys. We just heard the derisive comments from a top Pentagon official about separate facilities. But, there’s finally a bit of welcome news coming from the Pentagon Working Group. Partners of active duty troops will get to provide some input on September 16th.

Via press release from Servicemembers United:

Servicemembers United, the nation’s largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, announced today that the leadership and staff of the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will meet with a group of lesbian and gay military partners during Servicemembers United’s Military Partners Forum on September 16, 2010. The meeting will be a first of its kind for both the Pentagon and for the military partner community.

“We are honored to be able to facilitate this meeting between the partners of active duty lesbian and gay troops and the leadership and staff of the Comprehensive Review Working Group,” said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United. “The plight of military partners is something that Servicemembers United has led the way on with our Campaign for Military Partners, and we have been pushing for partner input into the review process for quite some time. We are glad that the Pentagon recognizes the value of input from these silent heroes.”

The Campaign for Military Partners was launched by Servicemembers United in 2009 to reach out to, recognize, connect, and support the partners of LGBT military personnel. The online hub for this initiative, www.MilitaryPartners.org, was launched in the spring of 2010.




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How These 2 Gay Active Duty Marines Keep Their Engagement a Secret

We met online, we met up at Starbucks and really just hit it off from the beginning. We started hanging out on the weekends, then after work off base. The more time we spent together, the more we realized that we couldn’t be apart. It is really risky to be in a homosexual relationship and be in the military. But once you have found that special someone you realize what really matters in life. There is a great risk, and we both realize that, but the love that we have for each other outweighs that risk. We are stationed at the same place. While I am deployed we try and keep in contact as much as possible. While talking on the phone, we have to speak in code to make sure that no one finds out. We never know who is listening. We mainly connect through personal e-mail.

—Kevin, an active duty Marine and member of OutServe, explaining how he keeps his engagement to another active duty solder under wraps [via]


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