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Labor Day 2011 weekend LGBT round-up

Don't Ask Don't Tell

By Adam Bink

A couples of pieces of interest from the weekend round-up:

  • The NYTimes looks at the challenges facing those who want to re-enlist after being kicked out under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • A look at the attempt to put an initiative on the ballot to ban discrimination in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • At the LA Times, Maura Dolan previews tomorrow’s arguments before the California Supreme Court on standing.
  • Disagree on SB 48? You get kicked off church property.
  • Pam Spaulding looks at public opinion in North Carolina on the upcoming marriage amendment vote. Jeremy Hooper has more.
  • The Washington Blade’s Kevin Naff looks at the tenure of HRC’s Joe Solmonese and what might be improved.

What have you been reading?


  • 1. Ann S.  |  September 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm


  • 2. Gregory in SLC  |  September 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    "Chaz Speaks out" overview including video : )

  • 3. ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ  |  September 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for the links! I'm very much interested in what's going on with marriage in North Carolina since my favorite boy Felyx lives there and could potentially get gay-married one day when it is possible in his state.

  • 4. Gregory in SLC  |  September 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Hi ĶĭŗîļĺęΧҲΪ –
    I was just reading this about N.C. when you posted.

  • 5. Sagesse  |  September 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    From Rick Jacobs. Why standing is important to California, and why the issue tomorrow is not marriage equality. Well written.

    Will Prop 8 End California's Democracy?

  • 6. Ronnie  |  September 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Subscribing & sharing……..

    This is the America NOM et al is creating & perpetuating…..


    "Two men walking in Wichita, Kansas were attacked by a group of men yelling anti-gay slurs, the Wichita Eagle reports:

    Sgt. Jesse Boomer said two cars pulled up beside the 18- and 19-year-olds walking in the 1700 block of east Douglas, near Hydraulic, around 2:30 a.m. Six men, all in their late teens or early 20s, got out of the cars, accused the two men of "being homosexuals" and attacked them, Boomer said.

    The victims drove themselves to a local hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released"

    (me) But you know it is the Prop h8 witnesses & NOM et al whose lives are in "danger" <— BULLSHITE!!!
    XI …Ronnie

  • 7. LCH  |  September 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm


  • 8. peterplumber  |  September 6, 2011 at 6:22 am

    We must remember that today's court case is not about Prop 8 and same sex marriage, although the outcome will have great impact on this case.
    What today's hearing is about will have long term effects in California for the initiative and referendum process. I am not of fan of the I & R process in general, so I am hoping for "no standing", but with regard to Prop 8, I am hoping for standing so the case can go to a higher court for an official stamp of "Unconstitutional".
    Personally, I do not believe a sponsor of an initiative should have standing after the official ballot vote on the initiative. No matter the subject of the initiative. That whole process is flawed. It may have worked in the early days, before mass communication, but the public, in general, is not educated enough to be voting on law in general and specially constitutional changes. The general populace simply does not understand the long term implications of some of the things put to vote in ballot measures.

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