Maggie and Brian on CSPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’

In this video clip from CSPAN’s “Washington Journal,” National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher defends plans for the House of Representatives to take time away from balancing the budget and keeping the government operational to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, while Brian Moulton, chief legislative counsel for Human Rights Campaign, defends President Obama’s decision NOT to defend DOMA in court.

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Senate vote on DADT repeal just hours away

The Senate is scheduled to vote on the standalone bill to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” sometime after 10:30 a.m. Eastern time, or 9:30 a.m. Dallas time, on Saturday. With at least four Republicans on board, supporters say they have the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to a final vote, which could come as early as late afternoon. From the Associated Press:

The Senate was headed toward a landmark vote Saturday on legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military, testing waning opposition among Republicans and putting Democrats within striking distance of overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Passage would be a historic victory for President Barack Obama, who made repeal of the 17-year-old law a campaign promise in 2008. It also would be a political win for congressional Democrats who have struggled repeatedly in the final hours of the lame-duck session to overcome Republican objections. …

Repeal would mean that, for the first time in U.S. history, gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out.

More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law.

Under the bill, the president and his top military advisers — the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are required to certify to Congress that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight. After that, 60 days must pass before any changes go into effect.

You can watch the historic proceedings live on the CSPAN website. Stay tuned to Instant Tea for updates.

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Weekend warriors: Senate forces us to watch C-Span on a Saturday

All reports indicate that the Senate version of the real deal DADT repeal vote (already passed in the House) will come this Saturday:

Reid files for cloture on DADT tonight (wonky but important) [AmericaBlog Gay]



Reid Files Cloture On Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell And DREAM, Schedules Cloture Votes For Saturday [Wonk Room]

Hey, kid who only wants two front teeth for Christmas: Maybe also keep some place on your list for sixty principled eyes ayes!




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DADT update: House voted expected today; poll shows 77% back repeal; Dan Choi hospitalized

Lt. Dan Choi

• A House vote on the new plan for repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” is expected today, and debate could begin as early as 10 a.m. Dallas time. You can watch the proceedings live on the CSPAN website.

• A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows the highest public support in history for repealing DADT, at 77 percent. The support cuts across political and ideological lines. For more, go here.

• Leading DADT repeal advocate Lt. Dan Choi has been hospitalized and is receiving mental health treatment at a Veterans Administration facility. Choi, who was involuntarily admitted to the hospital on Friday, said in an e-mail to bloggers that his mental breakdown was  fueled in part by the “betrayals felt last Thursday,” when the Senate blocked DADT repeal. Read more here.

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BREAKING: Prop 8 Oral Arguments To Be Televised Live on C-SPAN

Good news!

By way of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals:

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Notice of Docket Activity

The following transaction was entered on 11/17/2010 at 3:54:16 PM PST and

filed on 11/17/2010

Case Name: Kristin Perry, et al v. Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al

Case Number: 10-16696

C-SPAN applied to televise live the case captioned above, scheduled to be heard in San Francisco, on December 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. C-SPAN’s request to televise live is GRANTED.

A maximum of two (2) video cameras will be permitted in the courtroom. C-SPAN will serve as the pool-feed for all media organizations that submit an application.

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C-SPAN to Televise Oral Arguments in Federal Prop 8 Case

Prop8 C-Span will televise oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to Proposition 8, when it goes before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to Clerk of Court Molly Dwyer:

"C-SPAN applied to televise live the case captioned above, scheduled to be heard in San Francisco, on December 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. C-SPAN’s request to televise live is GRANTED. A maximum of two (2) video cameras will be permitted in the courtroom. C-SPAN will serve as the pool-feed for all media organizations that submit an application."


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Senate to vote on hate crimes today

The Senate is expected to vote this morning on the defense authorization bill that includes the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act. The House approved the bill Oct. 8, and President Obama has said he will sign it if it passes the Senate. In other words, this could be a historic day. You can watch Senate proceedings live on C-SPAN2 by going here.

UPDATE: As of 4:15 p.m. Dallas time, the bill reportedly had passed the Senate. See Friday’s Voice for a full story.

—  John Wright