Servicemembers United announced yesterday the release of a plan for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in 2010 that accomplishes the goals of both pro-repeal advocates, including the White House, and the senior Pentagon leadership.
At marriage counters all over the U.S., same-sex couples will again request marriage licenses at their local County Clerk's Offices and engage in other public-education outreach efforts to help raise awareness of the harms and impact the inability to marry causes on their families.
In truth, no immigration reform bill can be called “comprehensive” unless it includes all Americans, including those who are LGBT. This is recognized in the Reuniting Families Act (HR 2709), which includes LGBT families in addressing the broader immigration problem of family unification.
U.S. Rep. Maloney – a staunch LGBT supporter and co-sponsor of the Uniting American Families Act – has invited human rights advocates and members of the clergy to appear with her today to protest the proposed death penalty and other draconian criminal sanctions for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons in Uganda and to demand a meeting with representatives of the Ugandan government.
Now that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of Defense and Gen. Colin Powell are on board with the commander in chief in allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal advocates must take advantage of this new opening.