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2009-09-30 14:53:00

Military Opponents of Gay Ban Increasingly Vocal; 'Unit Cohesion' Argument Suffers a Blow SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An official Pentagon journal has published a report calling for the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The article, entitled, "The Efficacy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" was written by Col. Om Prakash, and appears in the new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly, a top military journal published for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

2009-09-14 13:03:00

Continuation of Emergency Status Allows President Additional Year to Sign Executive Order SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After President Obama extended the National Emergency for one year last Thursday, experts noted that the move allows him additional time to sign an executive order suspending "don't ask, don't tell." According to a "stop-loss" statute (10 U.S.C. section 12305), Congress has authorized the President to suspend any law regarding military...

2009-09-03 13:12:00

Navy Promoted Supervisor Responsible for Violence SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by The Palm Center: Youth Radio reported today that former Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after unit mates first suspected that he is gay. The Navy promoted the Chief most responsible for the violence, even though Naval officials were aware of his role in creating the climate of...

2009-08-10 12:32:00

Exercises Executive Power Five Times While Claiming No Authority to End Gay Firings SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Barack Obama's use of signing statements -- a presidential authorization to ignore portions of Congressional law -- is being criticized by scholars who study gay rights for directly contradicting his defense of ongoing gay troop discharges. The President has refused to intervene to stop the firing of gay troops, citing the rationale that...

2009-07-27 10:09:00

LOS ANGELES, July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A working group on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy comprised of retired general officers, scholars and a former member of Congress issued a statement today in response to inaccurate or misleading statements made about the policy by President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen. The DADT Working Group is a collaboration of the Williams...

2009-07-06 12:43:00

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Palm Center today released a legal memo that outlines what steps the Secretary of Defense can take to modify the enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell" while the President works with Congress to repeal the law. The document serves as a follow-up to the Palm Center's heavily debated May study explaining options for executive action that could halt all discharges even without an act of Congress. Previous to its release, most analysts...

2009-07-02 10:44:00

WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), a veteran of the Iraq war, the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United, will announce the launch of a national tour urging the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy banning gay and lesbian servicemembers from serving openly, at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, in the Zenger Room, 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington,...

2009-07-01 15:00:00

Pentagon Studies Ways to Relax Enforcement as First Step; Impact on Troops Would be Minimal SANTA BARBARA, Calif., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of yesterday's unexpected Pentagon announcement about gays in the military, experts say the "don't ask, don't tell" policy may be on the brink of irreversible change that would speed up its demise. After speaking with President Obama last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked military lawyers to explore how to modify...

2009-06-23 15:24:00

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a longtime supporter of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights, is advocating for two new Congressional initiatives that challenge discrimination against homosexuals in employment and in the military. Rep. Fattah and 76 colleagues in the House of Representatives sent a letter to President Obama Monday calling for an immediate end to enforcement of the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) rule that bars...

2009-06-16 09:47:00

SLDN Also Joins Call for Executive Option SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called on President Obama to sign an executive order suspending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, according to the Advocate magazine. Referring to the repeal of the ban, Reid told Advocate reporter Kerry Eleveld that, "My hope is that it can be done administratively." Eleveld added that, "A Democratic aide later clarified that Reid was speaking...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.