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Conservatives welcome gays more than ever, Activist believes

The leader of a pro-gay conservative group said that he believed that more American conservatives now welcome gays into their political community. “The real story is that the conservative movement is more united than ever,” Christopher Barron of GOProud said on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Saturday. He continued, “There are…

Obama signs repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

President Barack Obama Wednesday signed a law allowing gays to serve openly in the military, repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a sweeping and historic shift for the US armed forces. “We are not a nation that says ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We are a nation that says,…

Kyl claims ‘don’t ask’ repeal could cost lives

The Senate has passed a law repealing the military’s gay ban but one Republican leader is not letting the issue drop. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said Sunday that the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could actually “cost lives” by disrupting combat units. “From a constitutional stand point,…

US Senate passes ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

Update: The US Senate passed legislation that will repeal the military’s exclusionary ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy on Saturday afternoon by a vote of 65-31. The measure will be on President Obama’s desk for his signature next week. “Today, America lived up to its highest ideals of freedom and equality.…

GOP may hold START Treaty hostage over immigration reform, ‘don’t ask’ repeal

As the repeal of the military’s gay ban and a crucial vote on immigration reform edge closer, Republicans are finding more and more ways to derail the effort and run out the clock on the Democrats’ lame duck session. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), speaking from the Senate floor Friday, said…

House passes repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The House voted Wednesday to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell policy that for 17 years has forced gays desiring to serve in the military to conceal their sexual identity. The 250-175 vote propels the issue to the Senate for what could be the last chance for now to end…

Senate blocks ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

57 senators voted in favor — not enough to overcome filibuster Senate Republicans have blocked legislation that would have repealed the military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allowed gay troops to serve openly. Democrats failed Thursday to cinch a procedural deal with Republicans in the waning days of…

Senate to vote on gays in military

Senate to vote on bill that would let gays serve openly in the military Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday he would demand a vote on letting gays serve openly in the military, a test of whether Republicans have dropped their objections to overturning “don’t ask, don’t tell” after…

Days before death, Sen. Byrd revealed quiet push to end ‘Don’t Ask’

Six days before his death, Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) told a constituent that he supported the repeal of the military policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” “Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ does not change the composition of our Armed Forces,” Sen. Byrd wrote in a letter to constituent Jim…

McConnell: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal won’t happen this year

The Republican leader in the Senate is virtually guaranteeing that there will be no repeal this year of the military’s controversial policy which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told NBC’s David Gregory Sunday that…

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