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2009-10-20 14:42:00

Says Repeal Would Improve Military Justice SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Palm Center: The military's prohibition of consensual sodomy invites arbitrary enforcement and may be unconstitutional according to a report released by the Commission on Military Justice today. The Commission recommends repealing the ban. The report was sponsored by the National Institute of Military Justice and a committee of the American Bar...

2009-10-08 11:31:00

New Data Show Lesbian Discharges in Air Force Are Disproportionate; Lt. Col. Is Reprimanded and Removed From Classroom SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Palm Center has learned that a Lieutenant Colonel who taught at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, was punished and barred from teaching after she invited three Academy alumni to campus to discuss sexual minorities in the military. The professor, Lt. Col. Edith A. Disler, told Palm Center...

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...

2009-08-27 15:27:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources acting Secretary John Quigley said today that the wharf areas, water access, restrooms and fountain at Point State Park in Pittsburgh will be closed for the next phase of construction beginning this week. "We remain on schedule with our complete overhaul of Point State Park as we enter these final phases of improvements to the wharf and the fountain," Quigley said. "The...

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...