NCLR Urges President Obama to Stop Defending DOMA

January 29, 2010

Today, the Department of Justice once again filed a brief defending the so called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in Gill v. Office of Personnel Development, a federal lawsuit challenging Section 3 of DOMA, which excludes same-sex couples from all federal benefits and protections given to heterosexual married couples.

A statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

“Once again, President Obama and the Department of Justice missed an opportunity to acknowledge that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is wrong. The Justice Department is defending a statute motivated by animus, and continues to advance what we believe are insupportable arguments in defense of DOMA. Never before has the federal government refused to provide benefits to legally married couples, and there is no reason for doing so now. DOMA hurts families and serves no legitimate purpose. It is unconscionable that this Administration continues to defend this blatantly discriminatory law.”


On Issue of Gays in Military, Pentagon Will Make Recommendations to Congress

January 29, 2010

by Craig Whitlock and Ed O’Keefe | Washington Post

The Pentagon has been studying ways to integrate gays into the military and, for the first time, will offer recommendations to Congress next week “on a way forward,” defense officials said Thursday, following President Obama’s declaration that he wants to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law this year.

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Mexico City Mayor Vows to Defend Gay Marriage Law

January 29, 2010

from the Associated Press

Mexico City’s mayor says he will defend the capital’s gay-marriage law and insists the ordinance will take effect in March despite an appeal by federal prosecutors.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard says the federal appeal on constitutional grounds is wrong. He says nothing in Mexico’s constitution prohibits same-sex marriage or adoption by gay couples.

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Live Chat: Prop 8 Trial Recap and Discussion with NCLR

January 28, 2010
Join NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter and Senior Staff Attorney Chris Stoll for a recap and analysis of the Prop 8 trial. Join the live chat today at Pam’s House Blend at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Shannon and Chris have been in the courthouse everyday, live tweeting, and providing daily summaries and legal analysis of the proceedings.
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NCLR Demands Immediate Suspension of Discharges Until Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

January 28, 2010

Last night, in his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama promised to work with Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the discriminatory policy banning gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from serving openly in the military. The National Center for Lesbian Rights issued the following statement.

A statement from Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

“We agree with President Obama’s statement that repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is the right thing to do, and we commend him for addressing such an urgent issue in his State of the Union address. However, President Obama’s pledge to work with Congress to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2010, falls short of what our service members deserve from their Commander in Chief. Since Obama took office last year, hundreds of able and talented soldiers have had careers ruined and futures wrecked. The President must take concrete steps to end this failed and immoral law that undermines our national security.  At a minimum, we call on our President to immediately issue a “stop loss” order to end discharges of gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers pending a full repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. These service members, our nation, and common decency, deserve at least that.”


Feds Seek to Overturn Mexico City Gay Marriage Law

January 28, 2010

by Mark Stevenson | Washington Post

Mexican federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will try to overturn Mexico City’s gay marriage law, which allows same-sex couples to adopt children, on the grounds it violates the constitution.

The Mexico City law, approved in December and due to take effect in March, is the first of its kind in Latin America.

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Obama Urges Repeal of Ban on Open Gays in Military

January 28, 2010

by Philip Elliot | Washington Post

President Barack Obama is urging Congress to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, but Democratic allies and Republican opponents alike are criticizing his approach.

Obama’s effort to eliminate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” practice faces resistance not just from Congress, but also from the Pentagon, where some top officials have been strident in their support for the Clinton-era policy.

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