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2009-06-10 10:45:00

Growing Chorus Calling For Swift Presidential Action SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York Times editorial page has called on President Obama to consider signing an executive order suspending the military's gay ban, urging him to "see if there is indeed any action he could take on his own." Referring to Obama's stroke-of-the-pen authority to issue stop-loss orders which prevent service members from leaving the military, the Times states, "How much better...

2009-06-05 10:38:00

HRC Joins Emerging Consensus that Obama Should Sign Executive Order SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in the country, has joined a growing number of other advocacy organizations calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order suspending "don't ask, don't tell." Asked by Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball last night whether he believes Obama has the authority to sign such an order and whether he...

2009-05-18 10:46:00

Pressure on White House Mounts; Scholars Question Administration's Inaction SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the face of delays by President Obama on his pledge to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a growing chorus by scholars, activists, military veterans, and the public is calling on the White House to end the ban immediately. Over the weekend, a petition was signed by over 84,000 people asking Obama to suspend the gay ban immediately and stop the...

2009-05-12 18:13:00

Insists It Remains Committed to Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Michael D. Palm Center: Asked today if the White House would consider halting gay discharges by presidential authority, press secretary Robert Gibbs said it would not stop the firing of gay troops. That said, Gibbs insisted that the President believes that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy "isn't working for our national...

2009-05-11 12:55:00

Military Law Experts Chart Course to End 16-Year Ban SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today by a team of military law experts shows that the president has the legal authority to end gay discharges with a single order. The idea of ending the ban by executive order has gained momentum in the wake of news that mission-critical personnel, including Arabic language speaker Dan Choi, continue to be fired under the Obama administration because they're gay....

2009-03-12 11:12:00

Military Fires More Mission-Critical Specialists SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Defense Department has provided new data about gay discharges under "don't ask, don't tell" to Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA). The data show that during January 2009, the Army discharged eleven gay service members for homosexuality. Service members discharged in January include one human intelligence collector, one military police officer, four infantry personnel and others. The...

2009-03-03 16:04:00

Consultations Could Backfire As In 1993 SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 3, /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Experts are questioning President Obama's effort to consult with military leaders as he plans to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The AP reported today that Obama "has begun consulting his top defense advisers on how to lift a ban." But Dr. Nathaniel Frank, author of a new book on the policy, says that "Last time political leaders consulted with the military on this issue, the brass...

2009-03-02 11:17:00

Definitive Book on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Out Tuesday; Speaking Tour Begins Today SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Military officials exaggerated the threat to unit cohesion and ignored research and data when formulating the current policy on gay troops, according to the much-anticipated new book, "Unfriendly Fire: How the Gay Ban Undermines the Military and Weakens America," out tomorrow. The book, based on a decade of research and hundreds of interviews, was...

2009-02-03 13:05:00

Scholars Concur that More Study is Unnecessary and Could Have Political Costs SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A retired Brigadier General for the U.S. Marine Corps has questioned the Obama administration's plan to form a Pentagon commission to study "don't ask, don't tell." "There's been enough studying throughout the years," said General Hugh Aitken. "Creating a new study will not change the facts." Aitken participated in a comprehensive 2008 review of the policy...

2009-01-27 15:08:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though it's not widely known, psychoanalysts as a professional group are proactive on a number of social issues including homosexuality. During the organization's Winter 2009 Meeting held January 14 - 18 in New York, the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) approved a position statement regarding homosexuals and bisexuals serving in the military. "President Obama has said that he will repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. For the...


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