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Reid announces ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ vote on Saturday

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced plans to scrap a 1,924-page spending bill from being debated and voted on during the final days of the current lame-duck congressional session in favor of votes on repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the DREAM Act.

According to Huffington Post, the Senate will vote on the measures Saturday starting with the DREAM Act and moving on to DADT repeal later in the day.

The House of Representatives passed a stand-alone repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members earlier this week by a wide margin. The Senate has been unable to move forward on the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that included repeal language, so Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) introduced a stand-alone repeal.

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Obama: LGBT disappointment not justified

President Obama said Wednesday that he doesn’t think the “disillusionment” that some LGBT people have for his administration thus far is “justified.” He also refused to say whether he believes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is unconstitutional. And he said he has a strategy for getting the military ban on gays repealed in the lame-duck session.

The remarks came during a 45-minute group interview Oct. 27 with a group of five progressive bloggers. Only one of the five was gay: Joe Sudbay, who blogs at americablog.com. The interview took place in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, a daily meeting room next to the Oval Office.

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Gay Atlantan heads up Coffee Party political movement

Jens Palsgaard leads the Atlanta chapter of Coffee Party USA

Born out of the frustration felt during the height of the Tea Party movement this summer, Coffee Party USA members are fighting to bring meaningful dialogue back to politics.

Jens Palsgaard, co-coordinator for the Atlanta chapter, decided to become more politically active after coming out a few years ago and has since found a home with the Coffee Party USA.

“Right now we’re gearing up to educate people as to how the political system works. We want to empower them,” says Palsgaard, a 29-year old student who lives in Dunwoody.