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Gates: Repeal ‘don’t ask’ before GOP takes House

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Congress should act quickly, before new members take their seats, to repeal the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military. He, however, did not sound optimistic that the current Congress would use a brief post-election session to get rid of the law…

Obama admin. threatens to walk out on ‘Don’t Ask’ negotiations

Groups advocating the repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy are meeting at the White House Tuesday — but as they’ve come to find out, some topics are off limits. The Obama administration wants to keep the discussion off-the-record, and says it would end the meeting outright…

McCain proven ‘flat out wrong’ on DADT after scolding reporters

Senator John McCain’s remarks to two reporters after he had voted to block the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Tuesday have already drawn widespread attention for their rambling and almost incoherent nature. Now an officer who says he was discharged from the Air Force even though he was…

Lady Gaga to rally in Maine against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Lady Gaga to visit Maine to lobby Collins, Snowe to support repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Organizers say Lady Gaga is visiting Maine’s largest city to join a rally against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. The singer is expected to join a Servicemembers Legal Defense…

Legal group: Gays shouldn’t answer Pentagon survey

An advocacy group for gays in the military is warning them not to answer a Pentagon survey seeking opinions on repeal of the policy that bans homosexuals from serving openly. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said Thursday that troops could be accidentally exposed by answering the survey and that the…

Mullen criticizes vote to repeal military gay ban

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports the repeal of the military’s ban on gays but he doesn’t think Congress should be in a rush to vote on it. Admiral Mike Mullen was critical Sunday of the House’s vote last week to dismantle the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t…

Colbert suggestion: Fire all gays then repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

There are fears that a survey being conducted by the Pentagon could be used to out gays and have them expelled from the military. Stephen Colbert called the study “bait and snitch” Monday. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tasked the study with finding out the opinions of gay service members…

Frum on health reform: ‘Repeal is literally impossible’

David Frum, the former Bush speechwriter who angered many of his political allies with his declaration that health reform is the GOP’s “Waterloo,” says that repeal of the new health law is “literally impossible.” Responding to declarations by many Republicans that they will seek to repeal the health law signed…

Poll: 73% of younger veterans would support ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

A survey commissioned by Vet Voice Foundation concluded that a vast majority of recent US military veterans would accept the repeal of the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.…

Petraeus: ‘Time has come’ to rethink ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

General David Petraeus, who as head of US Central Command runs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has added his voice to a growing number of senior military leaders who have voiced support for an overhaul of the US military’s policy on gays. At a hearing of the Senate Armed…

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