Monday, November 22, 2010

Get well soon, Pam Spaulding!

One of the LGBT community's top bloggers, and a former guest on this show--Pam Spaulding--faced surgery today and is currently, apparently, recovering nicely.  Here at SameSexSunday, we appreciate everything that Pam has done for the community and hope she's in tip-top shape again soon!

Get well soon, Pam--we just know you'll be back on your feet in no time!

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HuffPo: Pentagon Warns Congress To Hurry Up On DADT Repeal

We are in the last days of disco here.  If Republican leadership in the Senate continues to put that party on the wrong side of the issue, they'll have a lot of explaining to do later on.  Better to back off and not risk military leaders saying, "Republicans put our national security at risk for political gain on this issue," in a few months.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/22/pentagon-warns-congress-dadt_n_786649.html

Pentagon Warns Congress To Hurry Up On DADT Repeal

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — The Pentagon's top leaders warned Sunday that if Congress fails to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, the courts may order changes that military leaders consider too fast or poorly thought-out.

The Pentagon is trying to make it easier for the Senate to consider lifting the ban in the current postelection session. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday he will release a study of the effects of repeal on Nov. 30, a day earlier than planned.

That could allow the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold hearings on the ban the same week.

The report on the impact of lifting the ban is meant as a guide for Congress as it considers what the Pentagon hopes will be a gradual and carefully calibrated change.

The Washington Post has reported that the study concludes the military can lift the ban with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts.

"The timing and the legislative approach and so on, that is completely up to the Congress. All I know is if this law is going to change, it's better to be changed by legislation rather than have it struck down by the courts," Gates said.

Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said later that Gates pushed his staff to deliver the report a day early in order "to ensure members of the Armed Services Committee are able to read and consider the complex, lengthy report before holding hearings with its authors and the Joint Chiefs of Staff."

Chair of Joint Chiefs of staff: DADT "goes counter to who we are as institution."

Admiral Mike Mullen was on This Week this week.  Forward to 4:40 for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' portion.

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Are these the last days of this discriminatory institution?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

#SSS: The State of States; Where is Marriage Equality Coming Next?

Posted at Bilerico.com:

Several states are poised to move towards marriage equality for gays and lesbians in 2011 and 2012. Thumbnail image for Same Sex SundayOn the 25th episode of Same Sex Sunday, hear from those closest to the ground.

Joining us will be the Executive Director for Equality Maryland, Morgan Menesses-Sheets; the Executive Director of MassEqulaity Kara Suffredini; Founding Partner of 3PG Consulting Andy Szekeres, and the State Legislative Director for the Human Rights Campaign Sarah Warbelow.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

OUR TWENTY-FIFTH EPISODE! CHECK OUT OUR PREVIEW!

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This week on your TWENTY-FIFTH EPISODE OF SAMESEXSUNDAY:

Executive Director of Equality Maryland; Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director of MassEquality; Kara Suffredini, Founding Partner of 3PG Consulting; Andy Szekeres, State Legislative Director for the Human Rights Campaign; Sarah Warbelow all stopped by to talk about the political and legislative landscape for LGBT gains in on the state level.  Learn about potential wins in Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Illinois, Washington, Hawaii for gender identity employment protections, civil unions and marriage; as well as trouble on the horizon for NOM.

Plus, updates on the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' front.  Check it out and please help spread the word!

Until next time, until we are equal, keep up the good fight!

OUR TWENTY-FIFTH EPISODE! CHECK OUT OUR PREVIEW!

This week on your TWENTY-FIFTH EPISODE OF SAMESEXSUNDAY:

Executive Director of Equality Maryland; Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director of MassEquality; Kara Suffredini, Founding Partner of 3PG Consulting; Andy Szekeres, State Legislative Director for the Human Rights Campaign; Sarah Warbelow all stopped by to talk about the political and legislative landscape for LGBT gains in on the state level.  Learn about potential wins in Maryland, Rhode Island, New York, Illinois, Washington, Hawaii for gender identity employment protections, civil unions and marriage; as well as trouble on the horizon for NOM.

Plus, updates on the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' front.  Check it out and please help spread the word!

Until next time, until we are equal, keep up the good fight!

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This is an HTML code test--does it show up as code-gibberish or links?  We shall find out!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Quick Test

Hello world!  This is the new Ameriqueer main page with an eye on the future of Ameriqueer.  I'm testing out some new ideas here, so bear with!

Don't fret--your SameSexSunday hasn't changed!

Your SameSexSunday hasn't changed, but we're really glad you've been active in your discussions with Joe and myself; letting us know what you like about the show and what you'd like to see us do better.  We're listening!  The show is now running a very trip one hour (approximately) and we're giving you more of what you love! 

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