5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 9

1. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) makes his case for supporting human rights in a piece for the New York Times. 2. Human Rights Campaign condemned Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this week for signing House Bill 11...
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‘Legitimate rape’ lawmaker attempts to thwart military gays

Todd Akin

I just looked outside. The sky is not falling. And if you don't subscribe to the notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world on Dec. 21, things appear to be chugging right along as they always have.

But if you asked outgoing U.S. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), the recent repeal of the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, in addition to recent marriage victories achieved in the last election, prove the world is surely in its last days.

You remember Akin. He's the guy that tried to justify his position on abortion by saying that women who are legitimately raped have a way of shutting down their body to prevent pregnancy. That statement caused him to lose any credibility in his race for U.S. Senate against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

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Meghan McCain speaks at Georgia college campuses next week

MeghanMcCain to speak at Georgia universitiesMeghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, will speak at Kennesaw State University on March 14 and will discuss gay marriage among other issues. She will also speak at Columbus State University on March 15.

Despite her father's opposition to gay marriage and his strenuous opposition to the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," McCain has risen as a star within the Republican Party as one of the few outspoken GOPers to support marriage equality.

McCain is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, "Dirty Sexy Politics: A True Story" and is a columnist for the The Daily Beast.

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DADT debate moves forward despite uncertain future

Sen. John McCain, Adm. Mike Mullen and Def. Sec. Robert Gates at a recent Senate hearing on

The Pentagon released its highly anticipated report on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Nov. 30 and just two days later, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a two-day hearing on the report’s findings.

The report found that as much as 70 percent of service members would consider allowing openly gay and lesbian soldiers to be “positive” or have “no impact” on morale and unit cohesion.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Carter Ham, who co-chaired the Pentagon’s Working Group on the report, testified on the first day of the hearing. All three said that Congress should act to repeal the policy during the current lame-duck session.