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GOP senators vow to block lame-duck legislation over tax cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent a letter to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nv.) today stating that the entire GOP senate caucus will block cloture votes on any issue, including the planned 2011 Defense Authorization bill that includes repeal language for the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, until funding for the government and tax issues are settled, according to the Washington Post.

McConnell and the 41 other GOP senators are calling for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts that are set to expire Dec. 31.

All 42 current Republican senators signed the letter to the Majority Leader.

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Obama renews call for DADT repeal after Pentagon report

President Barack Obama calls for DADT repeal

President Barack Obama responded to the Pentagon’s report on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” yesterday after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Adm. Mullen presented the report’s findings to reporters.

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Senate schedules ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ hearings

Senator Carl Levin chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hear testimony regarding a Pentagon study on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on Dec. 2 and 3.

According to the Armed Services Committee website, the session will feature the full committee.

Scheduled to testify on Dec. 2 are Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and General Carter Ham (co-chair of the Review Working Group).

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Lawmakers: Repeal of military gay ban possible in lame-duck Congress

About a dozen U.S. senators held a press conference yesterday to address a possible repeal of the military’s anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during the current lame duck session of Congress.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates have called for the policy to be repealed before mid-January, when Republicans take control of the House.

Though the conference featured mostly Democrats, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) joined the caucus to say that he believed the required number of votes to pass the repeal was in hand. Lieberman said that GOP Sens. Susan Collins (R-Me.) and Richard Lugar (R-In.) could be counted on to vote in favor of repeal if a compromise could be reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

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Georgia Senate candidates sound off on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond and airline pilot Chuck Donovan participated in a debate Sunday sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club. All three are running for Isakson's U.S. Senate seat.

The debate, the first and only scheduled debate where all three candidates will appear, largely focused on health care and government spending but did address the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy after panelist Meredith Anderson, from Augusta news WRWD-TV, read a question submitted from one of her viewers regarding the policy.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal stalls in U.S. Senate

U.S. Senator John McCain (AZ-R) voted against the cloture measure effectively blocking a Congressional repeal of DADT

Efforts to allow gays to serve openly in the U.S. military received a serious setback Sept. 21, when the U.S. Senate rejected a motion to break a Republican-led filibuster against an annual defense spending bill that includes language aimed at ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The vote was 56 to 43 — four votes short of ending the filibuster. Georgia’s two U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans, voted in the majority to stymie the repeal.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, called the vote a “frustrating blow.”

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Chambliss staffer ‘removed’ over anti-gay blog comment

Senator Saxby Chambliss (Ga.-R) announced today that his office has removed a staffer over a malicious blog comment posted on gay-oriented blog Joe.My.God.

The Senator released a statement condemning the post while saying he called Joe Jarvis, operator of the blog, to personally apologize.

"I have called Mr. Jervis, the blog’s author, and apologized to him personally, and I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused," the statement read. "Regardless of one’s position on issues and policies, such comments are simply unacceptable, are not befitting those who work in the U.S. Senate, and I will not tolerate them from my staff."

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Queer Justice League meets with Chambliss staff over anti-gay comment left on blog

Members of the Queer Justice League

The Queer Justice League met with the staff of Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) this afternoon to deliver a letter in response to a malicious comment posted on the gay-oriented blog Joe.My.God. The post came moments after the U.S. Senate failed to move forward on a defense bill that included repeal language for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The commenter, who identified himself as “Jimmy,” wrote “All faggots must die” shortly after the vote.

Chambliss voted against the cloture measure, which postponed Congressional DADT action indefinitely.

Some 10 members of the QJL met at 4 p.m. at the senator’s offices, located off Galleria Parkway in Cobb County, to deliver the letter. They met with Camila Knowles, State Director and General Counsel for Chambliss and called the meeting “cordial.”

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Queer Justice League to host meeting over Chambliss staffer’s blog comment

The Queer Justice League will host a meeting Monday, Sept. 27, to discuss how best to respond to a comment allegedly left on gay blog Joe.My.God. by a staff member in the office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) in the aftermath of the senate's vote on the 2011 Defense Authorization bill.

The comment read “All faggots must die” and came from Chambliss’ Atlanta office. It was signed by “Jimmy.”

The meeting will take place at Blake’s on the Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.