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Federal judge orders Defense Dept. to suspend DADT proceedings

A ruling handed down today by United States District Judge Virginia Phillips orders the Department of Defense to “immediately suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding that may have been commenced under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act.”

Phillips previously ruled that DADT was unconstitutional as it violates freedom of speech and due process. Phillips did not write when the order would go into effect and the government still has the opportunity to appeal.

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Log Cabin, GOProud blame Sen. Reid for DADT failure

Two national gay GOP groups, Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, both blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) for today’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” failure.

The Senate voted today on whether to move forward with the 2011 Defense Authorization bill which included language that would have allowed President Barack Obama to repeal DADT after the completion of a Pentagon study on the military’s gay ban.

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Meghan McCain: My new political fag hag

I'm not sure if it's something I have to defend, but I don't hate Meghan McCain. The more I hear from this young Republican—yes, Republican—the more I like.

She's not a major newsmaker, but she's been playing the controversial pundit since her father's unsuccessful run for president. In that role she has often enraged her own party—and possibly daddy dearest—with a new kind of "radical moderation." Especially when it comes to social issues.

She's totally a friend of a friend of a friend of Dorothy. She even spoke to the 2009 Log Cabin Republicans, saying "old school Republicans" are "scared shitless" of the future.

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Senate vote expected on repeal of military gay ban

Barely two weeks after a federal judge ruled the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy unconstitutional, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on repealing the ban on openly gay service members.

At press time, the Senate was expected to vote during the week of Sept. 20 on the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment repealing DADT.

The U.S. House approved in May a defense authorization bill that includes an amendment on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” although it delays repeal until after a Pentagon study on gays in the military is completed and military leaders determine repeal will not hurt troop readiness.

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Celebrating a Republican ally

LGBT reception tonight honors state Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta), the most gay-friendly lawmaker in the General Assembly