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White House endorses plan to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

In what national gay rights activists called “a dramatic breakthrough,” the White House issued a statement May 24 that supports Congress repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy this year.

The repeal, which at press time May 25 was expected to see votes in the U.S. House and Senate as early as May 26-28, would be enacted after the Pentagon completes a study on how best to implement it.

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By the numbers: Episcopal Church

2 - Openly gay bishops in the Episcopal Church, after Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool was consecrated May 15. 7 - Years since the Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, Rev. Gene Robinson, setting ...
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Pelosi: DADT and ENDA votes this year

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reassured representatives of several LGBT organizations this week that the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and a measure to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) will get votes this year.

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By the numbers: Lithuanian pride

500 - Participants in Lithuania’s first Gay Pride march, held May 8 600 - Lithuanian police on hand to control the marchers and their opponents 1,000 - Anti-gay protesters, who had to be held back with tear gas...
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By the numbers: Non-gay athletes and ENDA

2 - Maximum number of heterosexual players allowed on teams in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance $75,000 - Damages requested by three bisexual players suing the Gay Softball World Series for disq...
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Elderly Calif. gay man sues over separation from partner

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is suing Sonoma County, Calif., on behalf of an elderly gay man who alleges the county separated him and his partner of 20 years after his partner injured himself. His partner later died.