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Red states blocking same sex partner benefits for National Guard members

Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana have refused to allow state National Guard units to award spousal benefits to same sex partners of enlisted personnel, and Florida is considering joining the ban as well. According to McClatchy newspapers, the three deeply Republican southern states have all refused a Pentagon order to allow…

Oklahoma lawmaker pushes for gay ban in National Guard

Oklahoma Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) has proposed legislation to reinstate the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the state’s National Guard, according to The Tulsa World. The policy, which prohibited openly gay members from serving in the military, came to an end in September of 2011. An estimated…

Congress votes to boost National Guard role

Lawmakers voted to elevate the head of the National Guard to a seat on the military’s top council, granting unprecedented status to the country’s part-time militia. The proposed change was strongly opposed by all the chiefs of the armed services and the Pentagon’s civilian leadership, who voiced concerns about creating…

Howling monkeys “win” by howling, being monkeys

I hope it’s not premature to start dancing on the grave marked “Right Wing Blogger Relevance”, but reading this quick link from Atrios certainly made me strap on my dancing shoes. Somehow, it had passed my notice that Dan Rather is suing CBS for unlawful termination after they shit-canned him…

Iowa National Guard will boot married gays; former drill sergeant — don’t let them near the guns

This is another example of why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is ridiculous and why Congress should repeal it. If a gay couple gets legally married in Iowa, and, let’s say, puts the announcement in the paper, if one of them is in the National Guard that’s all it takes to…

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