Catholics For Equality urging support for marriage equality bill in Maryland

The Maryland House of Delegates is expected to take up consideration of the same-sex marriage bill there about 11 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time, I assume) on Friday, and according to Maryland Catholics for Equality, “out-of-state anti-gay calls are flooding Annapolis” to try and get the bill defeated.

So the organization is urging pro-equality Maryland residents to be sure and call their delegates to counteract the anti-gay forces.

In an e-mail that just hit my inbox, Maryland Catholics for Equality say: “Call NOW and let your Delegates know three important things: you are an actual constituent (not out of state), you are Catholic, and that you stand with the majority of Catholics in Maryland in support of HB175 — Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act. Ask them not to bow down to out of state pressure.”

The measure has already passed the Maryland Senate and Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he will sign the bill into law if it reaches his desk. But things are close in the House of Delegates, where the bill was initially expected to pass easily.

If you aren’t a resident of Maryland, don’t cheat by calling the delegates and saying you are. But keep an eye on Instant Tea tomorrow, and we’ll let you know what happens.

—  admin

Screen shots of Army’s new non-confidential online inbox for DADT feedback

That didn’t take long did it? Hot in my inbox, one of my contacts sent these in…as a follow up to my earlier post, “Army launches purportedly secure DADT online inbox for feedback.” Doesn’t look very sophisticated, does it – plus the initial confidentiality disclaimer lets the Army off the hook if someone inadvertently outs someone. The information can be used in a DADT witch hunt.

Note on photo #3 below again undermines the whole point of this — what gay or lesbian service member is going to fill this out?!

“This is a non-confidential Online Inbox, Please do not use your name or the names of others within your comment. The “Dont Ask, Don’t Tell” law is still in effect.  Please be aware that comments or involvement in criminal activity or statements that an individual poses a threat to him/herself or others may be referred to the appropriate Army or DoD authorities.


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—  John Wright

Army has ‘online inbox’ to collect opinions on DADT

So, apparently the massive survey to the troops — and the follow up survey to spouses isn’t enough. Via press release, the U.S. Army announced that its collecting input on DADT via an online inbox:

The Army launched a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ online inbox today specifically available for Soldiers worldwide to share comments and opinions.

The inbox is accessible via the Army Knowledge Online homepage. The intent of the inbox is to help the Army assess and consider the impacts, if any, a change in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law would have on operations, readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention, and family readiness.

The press release states there will be “control meausures” to protect privacy, but reminds us that DADT is still the law.

Pam has some key questions:

Absent more details, I have a few questions:

1. What constitutes “control measures” in this case? We just have to take their word for it that it’s secure? I have zero confidence in this inbox system after what occurred with the DADT survey, when a PIN could be used to take it multiple times.

2. What is to stop “ballot stuffing? If it’s completely anonymous and untraceable for security, wtf?

3. If each response is tied to an IP or other identifying information of the workstation, then a service member could be outed. Adding the time stamp of the inbox receipt could narrow ID further.

4. Now that the survey’s data has been compromised, is this the fallback way to receive feedback? Why is this needed to supplement the survey when there’s already one for service members and spouses? How is this going to be a more accurate representation of matters?

The Senate needs to vote on the Defense bill in September. We need to get the compromise DADT repeal legislation passed and implemented. And, DADT has to end. This is beyond ridiculous.




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—  John Wright

Audio from Rick Perry’s now-infamous quote about gay marriage and job creation

With all the breaking news around here lately, we just now noticed this little nugget in our Inbox from this morning — audio from Gov. Rick Perry’s now-infamous quote last week concerning same-sex marriage and job creation. In case you missed it, here’s what Perry said, according to the Texas Tribune:

“There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it’s called Texas. We’re creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?”

Stewart Price, who uploaded the YouTube audio clip and sent us the link, apparently caught only the latter part of the quote, and it turns out that Perry actually said, “… or do you live want to live in a state where guys can marry guys?”

Be careful, though, we’ve heard that if you listen to the audio backwards, it will turn you into a closeted Republican.

—  John Wright