A former Air Force major is expected to testify at a federal trial that involves the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving in the military.
Gay rights activists say a survey asking U.S. troops' views on ending the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military is insulting and biased. Servicemembers United, the nation's largest group of gay and lesbian troops and veterans, told The Washington Post the survey includes "derogatory and insulting wording, assumptions and insinuations."
Remember that year long study that DoD was undertaking on the repeal of DADT? The study is now underway with the report due December 1st. But apparently Secretary of the Army John McHugh, one of those leading the march to repeal, has tripped…over his tongue.
The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a U.S national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation, made public the letter sent by the ESF to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) at the request of various media outlets. The letter, sent July 20th, announces the Love Unites Kiss-In, to be held at the San Diego Mormon Temple in an attempt by the ESF to meet with LDS church leaders in an effort to engage in respectful dialogue regarding LGBT issues.
The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a American national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation, will hold the Love Unites Kiss-In at the San Diego Mormon Temple, Wednesday, July 22nd from 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. The kiss-in is meant to serve as a peaceful rally to encourage dialogue between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) and LGBT activists following the recent arrest of Matt Aune and Derek Jones. The gay couple was arrested by LDS security guards when they exchanged a kiss on Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah.
President Barack Obama promised gay and lesbian voters he would repeal a law banning their open service in the military, would do away with a federal marriage law and would champion their causes from the White House. In his first five months, he's taken incremental steps that have little real effect and left some people feeling betrayed.
President Barack Obama will approve today an expansion of federal benefits to cover the same-sex partners of U.S. government employees, according to a White House official.
The US has endorsed a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality.