Log Cabin Member Seeks Reinstatement in Marines

LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS X390 | ADVOCATE.COMWill Rodriguez-Kennedy, president of the Log Cabin Republicans’ San Diego chapter, has joined a handful of former service members attempting to rejoin the military. The Pentagon has ordered recruiters to allow gay applicants.
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Schuller’s megachurch Crystal Cathedral Ministries seeks bankruptcy protection

I guess God wasn’t taking any calls during this recession…Schuller’s house of worship didn’t qualify for a heavenly bail out.

The Southern California megachurch Crystal Cathedral Ministries will enter bankruptcy, as it faces lawsuit-filing creditors and a rapid decline in donations because of the recession, church officials announced Monday.

An unspecified small number of creditors have sued the church and obtained writs of attachment, said church spokesman John Charles.

…”Challenging situations are nothing new to our 55-year ministry,” said Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman, senior pastor at the church.

“In 1977, countless persons predicted that our plans to build a 2,800-seat all-glass church in earthquake-prone Southern California would never get off the ground, but we have made history,” Coleman added. “Our announcement today to file for the protection of Chapter 11 is just one more chapter in the book that he is continuing to write — and we know that God’s plans are good — we have no doubt his chapter will be good!”

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Obama Administration Seeks Stay of Injunction Halting DADT

Today, the Department of Justice asked judge Virginia Phillips’s to stay her decision halting all discharges under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.  They also filed a notice of appeal of the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

It is certainly disappointing and frustrating that the administration has sought a stay. We continue to believe that there’s nothing remotely constitutional about laws that discriminate against LGBT people. But there is one simple way to put the endless legal wrangling behind us and do what the President and the American people want to strengthen our military: the administration and Congress need to finish the legislative work on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal after the election. The interests of the administration, the military, and most importantly the American people are best served by doing the hard work of enacting a durable legislative repeal of this discriminatory law.


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Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeks Asylum

Saudi (pick up) I Advocate.comA  Saudi Arabian diplomat based in L.A., has asked the U.S. for political asylum because he says Saudi officials have learned he is gay and that they will murder him after forcing him to return home. 
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Saudi diplomat seeks political asylum from Obama administration for being gay and having a Jewish friend

Sounds like a two-fer. The gays and the Jews are involved. The Saudis want the man back, probably so they can hang him or cut off certain body parts. It will be interesting to see if the administration sides with the homophobes and the anti-Semites. From MSNBC:

The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.




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PJI seeks strong arm to crunch staunch spines

The Pacific Justice Institute, in a naked attempt to remedy the matter of whether the Proposition 8 proponents even have standing to file their 9th Circuit appeal, is trying to force California’s Attorney General and Governor to step in and defend bias:

SAN FRANCISCO — A conservative legal group is trying to force Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend California’s gay marriage ban in court.

The Pacific Justice Institute petitioned the 3rd District Court of Appeal in Sacramento on Monday for an emergency order that would require the two officials to appeal a ruling that overturned Proposition 8.



“To allow an elected official to trump the will of the people by mere inaction and the lack of fulfillment of their duty to do their job would be an egregious violation of public trust,” Pacific Legal Institute Brad Dacus said Tuesday.


Legal group seeks to compel Calif to defend Prop 8 [AP via Google]

Which is just silly. And not gonna go anywhere. Brown and Schwarzenegger have every right to defend the constitution, a notion that, in their (and Judge Walker’s) view, runs counter to Prop 8 defense. They are exercising that right.

Though considering what else we’ve heard from Mr. Dacus over the years…

EX. 1:

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*Audio source: Proposition 8 Oral Arguments: Two Perspectives [CWA]

EX. 2:

“There was another time in history when people, when the bell tolled. And the question was whether or not they were going to hear it. The time was during Nazi Germany with Adolf Hitler. You see he brought crowds of clergy together to assure them that he was going to look after the church.

And one of the members, bold and courageous, Reverend Niemand (sp?) made his way to the front and (inaudible) said “Hitler, we are not concerned about the church. Jesus Christ will take care of the church.

We are concerned about the soul of Germany.” Embarrassed and chagrined, his peers quickly shuffled him to the back.

And as they did Adolf Hitler said, “The soul of Germany, you can leave that to me.” And they did, and because they did bombs did not only fall upon the nation of Germany, but also upon the church and their testimony to this very day.



Let us not make that mistake folks. Let us hear the bell! Vote on Proposition 8!” -
Prop 8 spokesperson Brad Dacus

Prop 8 mouthpiece bleats that defeating gays is akin to beating Hitler [PHB]

…perhaps we should just be glad he’s not currently comparing the AG, Governor, and gays to something a little more hollow/costly!

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*SEE ALSO: Equality California’s statement: Equality California Condemns Lawsuit to Force Governor, AG to Defend Prop. 8 [EQCA]




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Robert Gates Seeks Retirement in 2011

Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be stepping down from his cabinet post in 2011.
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