Front row seat to history

December 21, 2010 at 7:30 am 68 comments

By Adam Bink

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Dear Friend,

We are pleased to invite you to join us as a guest on Wednesday, December 22nd as President Obama signs into law the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, in the Sidney R. Yates Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Interior.

What: Signing Ceremony for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

When: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Arrival Time: 7:00 AM (Doors close at 8:45 AM, seating is on a first come, first serve basis)

Where: U.S. Department of Interior, Sidney R. Yates Auditorium

1849 C Street NW  (Entrance on C Street)
Washington, D.C. 20240

*Please note that there is no parking available*

[…]

This invitation is for you only and is non-transferrable.

We look forward to celebrating this historic occasion with you.

And to show how much I wish you all deserve to come, too, rest assured I’m bringing back lots of photos and video.

Entry filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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68 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Cool! Is that 7:00am ET?

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    • 2. adambink  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

      Yes. Fortunately, I have to drive my boyfriend to the aeropuerto that early anyway, but if you see someone rubbing their eyes on teevee, that’ll be me.

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      • 3. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:36 am

        Historic!! You deserve it Adam!

        Me & my hubby will be listening to my 9 year old son sing holiday music at school, an activity I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to attend : )

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  • 4. Ronnie  |  December 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Awesome…<3…Ronnie

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    • 5. Sagesse  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

      Hot damn! How cool is that :)! Congratulations, Adam, you earned it :).

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  • 6. AndrewPDX  |  December 21, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Oooh! Photos & videos! Please tell me they’ll be better than my Aunt Mildred’s last trip to Atlantic City…. Shudder.

    Thanks in advance, Adam, for keeping us in the loop.

    Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
    Andrew

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  • 7. TPAKyle  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Ohhh, that would have been nice to get. Instead, this desperate and disgusting plea ended up in my inbox this morning:

    Dear TPAKyle,

    Just weeks remain before Public Advocate reaches a critical deadline — before every radical homosexual activist holds a copy of Public Advocate’s financial records in his conniving hands. December 31st is the deadline for contributions to appear on the IRS 990, the public report that discloses how much money Public Advocate raised and spent in 2010.

    But right now, our figures are falling short of my 2010 objectives. If I’m to meet budget expectations this year, I must raise $102,595 with all checks postmarked before December 31st. If I fail to raise $102,595 by December 31st, I’ll be forced to broadcast our weakness and vulnerability to the Homosexual Lobby.

    After the brutal fights this year on the Gay Bill of Special Rights, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Homosexual Classrooms Act, the Homosexual Lobby must not find Public Advocate with little money left to fight next year.

    TPAKyle, don’t worry, no one in the Homosexual Lobby will ever know how much you’ve contributed to Public Advocate. I assure you your personal information is fully protected and kept confidential. But when I turn in my 990 next year, the Homosexual Lobby will know exactly how much money I raised — and how much I still have left to oppose the Homosexual Agenda next year. After November’s election results, the radical Homosexual Lobby will be looking for ANY sign of weakness in the pro-family movement. Believe me, they haven’t given up. And since they just defeated us by passing the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, they’re hungry for more blood.

    If they see Public Advocate’s treasury depleted they will have an opening to tempt newly-elected Congressmen into passing the Gay Bill of Special Rights, the Homosexual Classrooms Act. Without your financial support and prayers, Public Advocate would be nothing — totally helpless against the radical homosexuals’ assaults on our families.

    TPAKyle, you have done so much for our cause. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Today, I’m asking you to dig even deeper. I hope to count on you for at least $50 — $100 or even $200 if you can afford it. Please don’t just set this email aside or delete it.

    If we hope to best the Homosexual Agenda next year, we must end this year strong — and the last thing I want to do is submit a public financial report that shows I clearly did not meet my budget goals for 2010. That’s why I’m asking you to give whatever you can afford today. My friend, I hope you understand why this deadline is so important to me.

    Deviant Homosexual Operatives are about to know exactly how much I raised this year, and how much cash I have on hand to oppose their radical agenda. The Homosexual Lobby utterly despises Public Advocate and ridicules all the work you and I do to defend morality in America.

    The Human Rights Campaign, The Gay Task Force, GLAAD, The North American Man/Boy Love Association, and every other radical homosexual organization will be scouring our finance report to exploit every chink in my armor. The consequences could prove dire for the American family.

    Right now Homosexual Activists are plotting to tempt the newly-elected Republicans into passing their perverse agenda. They will tell them passing the Gay Bill of Special Rights will “expand the tent” and “keep you in the majority.

    And I have almost nothing left financially. I have the troops and volunteers. I have their commitment to fight on. I have the organization to take this battle to the front lines. But without the financial armaments to take on the radical homosexual threat, I can do nothing while our government helps eradicate biblical morality from America.

    And now that President Barack Obama and far-left Democrats have passed Thought Control AND repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the threat grows more and more powerful every day. I must know if I can continue to count on you — if you’ll stand with me in reaching my budget goals before December 31st.

    I hate having to tell you like this, but I have no other choice. Money is so tight now that I may have to scale back critical pro-family programs at the worst time of year — as Congress begins its new session in January.

    As you know, my office doesn’t receive public funding for our important pro-family campaigns. While the Homosexual Lobby continues to siphon millions of taxpayer dollars to bankroll ideological subterfuges like “AIDS Awareness” campaigns and radical “sex education” initiatives, I raise every penny from concerned Americans like you.

    Today, my friend, I ask you to please make a generous contribution — now, before it’s too late. I pray I can keep all of Public Advocate’s programs running strong to confront the radical Homosexual Agenda and defeat the deplorable tactics of their shadowy Congressional cronies.

    But Public Advocate can’t keep up the pace without additional financial support from pro-family patriots like you. The radical Homosexual Lobby outspent Public Advocate 30 to 1 this year, and their dirty war chest continues to grow at an alarming rate.

    Nevertheless, Public Advocate managed to check the Homosexual Lobby on several fronts. We used your petitions to strike fear in the hearts of enough Congressmen and Senators to stave off a vote on the Gay Bill of Special Rights and the Homosexual Classrooms Act.

    After facing these setbacks, however, the Homosexual Lobby is ramping-up their attack strategy. They weren’t prepared for electoral wave that swept across America. Now they’re promising never to let that happen again. With anti-family Barack Obama ready with pen in hand, Democrats in charge of the Senate and weak kneed Republicans in the House, the Homosexual Lobby still has plenty of allies in Washington to ram though their perverse agenda.

    They seek to force your state to recognize homosexual “marriages” from Massachusetts by repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, effectively making our victories in places like Maine null and void. And moreover, you can expect to see the rest of the pro-homosexual bills like the Gay Bill of Special Rights trotted out before Congress once again.

    They’ll be looking to exploit our every weakness in the months to come. No wonder they’ll be pouring over my finance report like demented hyenas in search of fresh meat. TPAKyle, that’s why your emergency gift of $50 — $75 or even $100 is so important.

    Without it, the Homosexual Lobby will be able to show Public Advocate’s 990s to moderate politicians as proof there is no effective opposition to their agenda. Not only that, if we fail to meet our goals we won’t be able to fund all of our pro-family programs next year — we must not only show the Homosexual Lobby we have the funds, but we must also be able to follow through with the actually programs.

    I am counting on you to stand by my side and to help me raise the funds I need by December 31st. Only with your continued financial support and prayers can I continue to defend the American family in key battles across America.

    TPAKyle, whether you can send $50 — $100 or even $200 — or whatever you can afford — I would be tremendously grateful. You have been there for me in the past. I hope and pray you will pull through for me before December 31st by sending your most generous contribution.

    Thank you, and God bless.

    Sincerely,

    Eugene Delgaudio
    President, Public Advocate of the United States

    TPAKyle

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    • 8. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:19 am

      he Human Rights Campaign, The Gay Task Force, GLAAD, The North American Man/Boy Love Association, and every other radical homosexual organization will be scouring our finance report to exploit every chink in my armor. The consequences could prove dire for the American family.

      Seems to me this group has much to hide!

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      • 9. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:48 am

        !!!!

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      • 10. TPAKyle  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

        Interesting that he mentions the anonymity of the donations as if those who send him a check will have to be protected from the evil gayz.

        This guy is truly an ahole. No doubt with much to hide.

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    • 11. Ronnie  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:20 am

      There are not enough words….. : -& …Ronnie

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    • 12. Mackenzie  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:28 am

      thank God they are not publicly funded. What a bunch of hogwash

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    • 13. elliom  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

      If I fail to raise $102,595 by December 31st, I’ll be forced to broadcast our weakness and vulnerability to the Homosexual Lobby.

      You’ve (inclusive) already done that by your miserable FAILs on bus tours, speaking engagements, and courts of law.

      You’re not weak and vulnerable becuase you lack money. You’re weak and vulnerable because you resort to lies, distortion, and manipulation of facts. There is no credible research to back your opinions. Only fear. THAT’S why you’re weak.

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    • 14. BK  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

      “Please don’t just set this email aside or delete it.”

      Oh, no, Eugene, how could we ever do that? (eye roll) By the way, have you ever thought about becoming a comedian?

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    • 15. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

      What a BS self-appointed title, “Public Advocate of the United States.” Is there no false advertising law that prevents Delgaudio from calling himself this? S’pose not…. By the way, I’m taking a page from Elvis Costello and calling myself “King of America.”

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    • 16. Joel  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

      “Deviant Homosexual Operatives”????

      Sounds like an episode of “Get Smart”

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      • 17. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

        Except that in this case, the operatives of KAOS are Eugene DelGaudio, Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, Tony Perkins of FRC, James Dobson and those who are still with Focus on the Family, President Momson, Andrew Pugno, and the rest of their ilk.

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      • 18. John  |  December 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        Maybe the “Deviant” homosexuals they are referring to are George Rekers, Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, or “Bishop” Eddie Long. You know, the ones cheating on their wives, sexualizing men’s restrooms during government-funded travel, sleeping naked with teenagers, and/or using church money to pay off his prostitutes.

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    • 19. nightshayde  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:48 am

      For anyone who needs a translation (like I did):

      “The Gay Bill of Special Rights” = The Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2009 (ENDA)

      “The Homosexual Classrooms Act” = The Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010

      Oh – and the TSA pat-downs exist because practicing homosexuals think it’s fun to fondle unsuspecting travellers.

      *officially adds Delgaudio to her “needs to get hit by lightning” list*

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  • 20. Kathleen  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Congrats, Adam

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    • 21. Ann S.  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:56 am

      Congratulations, and although I don’t think I’ll get up at 4:00 a.m. here to see it, believe me that I’ll be thinking of you!

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      • 22. BK  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

        Oh yeah… I have to figure out what time it will be on television. I would so love to watch that live from here in Turkey! :)

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  • 23. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:12 am

    EXCLUSIVE: LDS Church invites gay activists and Dustin Lance Black to Christmas Concert

    In the spirit of the season, the LDS Church is reaching out to the gay community.

    ABC 4 News has learned that the Church invited several prominent gay leaders to its Christmas concert this weekend, including Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black.

    Black, a screenwriter, won an Oscar for the movie, “Milk.”

    Saturday, at the LDS Church’s Christmas concert, he and a handful of Utah gay activists were VIP guests.

    ABC 4 picked up the scent for this story after seeing a picture on Facebook.

    In this picture are Bruce Bastian and Jim Dabakis, both prominent Utah gay activists.

    In the middle is Oscar winner, Dustin Lance Black.

    Black grew up in a Mormon household.

    In a lengthy phone conversation, Black told ABC 4 that it was “a honor” to see the concert and an, “extraordinary act of goodwill.”

    He also told us a conversation has been started between the gay community and the Church and that, “both sides are trying to find common ground.”

    ABC 4 News is also being told that the Church has met previously with both Black and Bastian, one of the founders of WordPerfect.

    This, reportedly, to get more information about gay issues.

    More: http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/EXCLUSIVE-LDS-Church-invites-gay-activists-and/Mg7j-3Gf_UGVLRKeKAEKkQ.cspx

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    • 24. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

      Interesting…. thanks for posting LLB. BTW Bruce Bastian is a local hero for community. He is tireless and generous in his offerings…

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      • 25. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

        I think/believe the Mormon Church will do just about anything to move as far away from groups like NOM as they can – having realized those fringe anti-gay and hate groups were not ‘worth’ the involvement.

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        • 26. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

          I’m cautiously hopeful. I think this partly driven from the AMAZING Mormon parents(especially the Moms!) who are fearless in defending their children with through their action and unconditional love.

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    • 27. Jon  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

      An empty gesture. If LDS really wanted to reach out, it could admit its role in Prop 8, acknowledge there’s no rational basis for it, and accept its repeal. Three things that would mean something. An invitation to to a concert? Sorry; it means nothing.

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      • 28. BK  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

        Point taken, but everything has to begin somewhere. Of course it would be ignorant to expect any type of breakthrough with the LDS church, but we never know what could happen. An unsuccessful dialogue is better than a refusal to have one in the first place. At least, that’s my opinion.

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        • 29. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

          I appreciate both comments Jon and BK —

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          • 30. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:29 am

            …hit enter too soon…
            Like Jon, I hope there is open discussion some point about Prop8 and activism by church in Hawaii….I disagree about the concert invitation means nother…it is a BIG deal. A little bit of history, a recent Tab Choir Director resigned as a result of his being a Gay man(person friend of my ex wife and me). The church has not tolerated us gays to openly contaminate their music. As I said earlier, I’m “cautiously optimistic”.

            Like BK, I’ve learned that small steps are to be celebrated…

          • 31. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

            at the end of the story:
            “This could, perhaps, include helping to provide homeless gay youths with shelter and support….”

            The LDS church actually donates very generously to the project “Shine” run by Chloe Noble(who I admire and assist when able):
            http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogslgbt/50687581-61/homeless-youths-lake-salt.html.csp

      • 32. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

        In future, I’m hoping it will translate to no formal requests to fund Prop 8-style initiatives. It absolutely breaks my heart to think of how much good could have been done with those millions upon millions of dollars that were flushed down the crapper to hurt people and perpetuate bigotry.

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  • 33. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Funny story – but as gullible as the religious right are – they will probably believe this story.

    Gays in military ask for more fashionable fatigues

    On the high heels of the historic vote to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” openly gay troops are now pushing for the Pentagon to bring in the top fashion designers to create more stylish uniforms. Dubbing it the, “War on Utilitarianism” or, if you’ll pardon the pun, ‘Haute Couterror,’ the newly anointed military fashion faux pas police have announced a call to arms against fashion fatigue.

    Currently, the standard-issue military uniform for combat soldiers consists of camouflage designed to blend in with the environment. In recent years, the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) used by the armed forces, with its predominantly woodland pattern, has been re-designed. The Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is the most popular style used today, along with the digital MARPAT used by the Marine Corps. The Navy still uses their traditional winter blues and summer whites during more formal occasions, but recently adopted a subdued digital pattern of haze gray and blue for everyday wear. The Air Force, of course, has the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) with similar colors in their traditional tigerstriped pattern.

    However, if the formerly closeted gay soldiers have anything to say, all of that is about to change.

    “They don’t call them fatigues for nothing LOL”, stated Lance Corporal (name withheld pending the bill’s final certification). “I mean, look at how awful they are, sooo Miss USO. Gives me chronic ‘fatigue’ syndrome just thinking about it LOFL,” he continued.

    The opinion seems to be shared by a vast majority of homosexual soldiers, although not necessarily from lesbian groups. “I don’t see the need for new uniforms. I’m perfectly content with the drab look”, frowned Lieutenant (name withheld pending the bill’s final certification). “However, I agree that we should all have a voice in expressing our identity, militarily, sexually, or otherwise. Just don’t impose your pre-conceived notions of what’s acceptable to wear while serving your country…,” she added, which included a diatribe about why lesbians should also be allowed to fight like the men, but unfortunately had to be cut short due to time and space constraints.

    Several top fashion designers have joined in the fray with their own opinions, each vying for a top spot should the military seriously move forward with the idea. “OMG, I would love to come up with a new look. I can already picture a red, white, and blue striped ensemble, with a camouflaged missile pattern. It would be free spirited, phallic, and patriotic,” fashion designer Jay McCarroll was quoted as saying.

    Full Story: http://glossynews.com/top-stories/201012210751/gays-in-military-ask-for-more-fashionable-fatigues/

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    • 34. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

      I needed a good laugh : )

      “The opinion seems to be shared by a vast majority of homosexual soldiers, although not necessarily from lesbian groups…”

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    • 35. BK  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

      >.<

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  • 36. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I wonder if the President signing the DADT repeal bill will be on C-Span…has anyone seen or heard any news?

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  • 37. Bill  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Here’s the latest from Matt Barber:

    http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1259308

    Can’t IMAGINE why he’s so fearful of being designated as a hate group. Can’t imagine why…

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  • 38. ElsieH  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Congratulations. Your hard work for P8TT has been phenomenal. I look forward to the photos.

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    • 39. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:58 am

      I called C-Span – to see. They will know no later than 5:30pmET today if they will be airing the signing…but most likely they will.

      It’s certainly something I don’t want to miss!

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      • 40. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

        oops – reply to wrong post – waves ‘hi’ to ElsieH : )

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  • 41. elliom  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

    After Fall of ‘Don’t Ask,’ Pushing for ‘I Do’

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/us/politics/21rights.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a24

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    • 42. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:05 am

      Great article. My favorite quote:

      “The other side is winning the war on words and the rhetoric,” said Tom McClusky, senior vice president of Family Research Council Action, the legislative arm of the conservative advocacy group. “Generationally, this is an uphill battle for us, and we realize that.”

      This made my heart swell with Schadenfreude. I love to hear the professional bigots contemplating the loss of their gravy train. But the NYT forgot to mention that the FRC is a SPLC-designated hate group.

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      • 43. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

        woot!

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  • 44. elliom  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Last Ban Standing

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/opinion/21chauncey.html?hp

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  • 45. elliom  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    OT, but something I thought would be a fun diversion for our Legal Eagles here, since we’ve been pickin’ their brains so much.

    Blog Gives Superheroes and Supervillains Their Day in Court

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/books/21lawyers.html

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    • 46. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Me thinks some people have too much time on their hands – then again, here I am reading their blog and posting on this blog.

      Um, never mind.

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  • 47. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Thank you, Adam! Looking forward to the pictures and notes. You go! Will this be broadcast or live streamed, by any chance?

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    • 48. adambink  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:48 am

      I assume it will be broadcast on all the major cable networks, but I’m not 100% sure.

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  • 49. Steven in Windsor/ Detroit  |  December 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Thats awesome! Ill definately be looking for you on tv!!

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  • 50. John  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Wow, it would be incredible to be there to witness history in-person.

    I get so jealous of the people who have been able to see this type of thing first-hand. It’s not often people can be part of something that kids will read about in school 50 years from now. The great thing is that they’ll only be able to read about it, not experience it.

    (they’ll also shake their heads and wonder how people could have been so stupid to not realize that LGBT had rights)

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  • 51. Kate  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

    *Warning — stupidity alert.* I know I should know this, and I feel really stupid having to ask. When DADT came in under Clinton, it was seen as a great advance — that gays would not automatically be drummed out of the military just for being there. It actually permitted gays to serve (albeit in hiding), whereas the previous law had always kept them out because the military could “ask” at attempted enlistment.. So…… it seems that repealing DADT means that we’d just be back at Square One, where gays are not allowed at all (silent or not). Doesn’t repeal just revert us to the earlier law? Doesn’t that original law itself need to be repealed? Sorry to be so ignorant…….

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    • 52. nightshayde  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

      I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure the old rule about gays not being allowed to serve in the military was done away with when DADT was ushered in — so no, we won’t go back to “no gays allowed.”

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    • 53. Ed  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

      Not stupid or ignorant. I’ve been wondering the same…..

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      • 54. Kate  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

        Thanks, Ed — I’m glad I’m not alone. I kept hoping someone would ask this……

        And thanks for the nice explanation, Nightshayde!

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        • 55. Kate  |  December 21, 2010 at 11:34 am

          Although, come to think of it, if DADT eliminated the absolute edict of “no gays,” doesn’t its repeal also repeal by that portion?

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    • 56. Steve  |  December 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      There was no earlier law. The military “gay ban” that existed since WWII was just internal policies prior to 1993. Repealing DADT gives the military the freedom to create the rules they want and it also gives the president the power to decide some things.

      Theoretically you’re right, but the military is well aware that they are supposed to draft rules that allow for open service. They are planning for it and they will implement those rules.

      And DADT was never implemented the way the Democratic politicians thought it would be. That’s why it failed. There was little guidance for the military commands, which created lots of confusion in the early years.

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      • 57. Bob  |  December 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

        @Steve, I agree, and needless to say, there will be continued input from the LGBT community to get it right this time, That’s our continuing job,,,,

        and know we have back up under the United Nations General Assembly,,,,, what timing…. we got something to work with, America can be once again at the cutting edge leading by exampole….

        I’m just going to say again, maybe we should go all in for a plush to amendment to the civil rights act to inculde LGBT, that would cover it… doma , enda, etc… one swoop…. I think it’s time…..

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  • 58. Matthew  |  December 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    As far as I know, the only reason gays were a no no before was because of the UCMJ which banned sodomy.

    Pretty sure Loving vs Virginia made that rule unenforceable. Not to mention that sex is commonplace in modern military, meaning like most of the military would have to be discharged if they actually wanted to enforce it.

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    • 59. Steve  |  December 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      Each service has their own internal rules and regulations that implement DADT.

      And it’s “Lawrence vs Texas” and “United States vs Marcum” that make Art. 125 questionable. The latter case ultimately found that Lawrence does apply to the military, but that sodomy can still be punished under certain circumstances. The Pentagon Working Group recommended to strike Art. 125.

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  • 60. Rhie  |  December 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Watching

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  • 61. paula  |  December 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    i just hope that obama doesn’t think that this satisfies his campaign promises to the LGBT community.

    as far as i can tell, he was only a bit player in this repeal, and it does nothing to convince me that he took our money and our votes and then kicked us to the curb :-/

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    • 62. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Not that he is the first president to take our money and run! Just the latest in the series.

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  • 63. Dan  |  December 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Is this open to the public or just the person who posted this?

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    • 64. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

      That is just Adams invitation – I don’t think it is open to the public.

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  • 65. Kathleen  |  December 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Just got notice that it will air live on the White House website:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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    • 66. Kathleen  |  December 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      just in case we crash C-Span again.

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      • 67. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

        Thanks Kathleen – great news.

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  • 68. Ronnie  |  December 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Former US Air Force Staff Sergeant David Hall & TV Host/former US Marine, Steve Wilkos talk DADT repeal victory with Joy Behar….<3…Ronnie:

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