10/9/2011 This Way Out

 

Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon

NewsWrap: Nigeria's Senate supports legislation to criminalize marriages of gay and lesbian couples and also jail anyone who actively supports such ceremonies; the U.K.'s Office of National Statistics reports that couples in same-gender civil partnerships stay together more than couples in heterosexual marriages, while the number of lesbian and gay Americans telling the decennial 2010 U.S. Census that they're living with a same-gender partner jumps by more than 80 percent since the last Census in 2000; a 3-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stops the scheduled September 30th release of video recordings of last year's Proposition 8 trial, while another 9th Circuit 3-judge panel disappears last year's district court judge's ruling calling Don't Ask Don't Tell unconstitutional, saying that with repeal the issue is now moot, but the Pentagon issues a memo allowing military chaplains to officiate at same-gender weddings in states where they're legal, even on military bases; and Italy is a-buzz over the online outing by U.S. bloggers of ten conservative lawmakers and ministers in the homophobic administration of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, all of whom have anti-gay voting records (written by GREG GORDON, with thanks to REX WOCKNER, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by VASH BODDIE and GARY SHAW)

Even though the repeal of DON'T ASK DON'T TELL went into effect on September 20th, the closing battles of the war to liberate LGBT service members are still unresolved. Although lesbian, gay, and bisexual people can now participate in the U.S. military openly, this week's dismissal of a lawsuit that had found the defunct policy unconstitutional means that that ruling cannot be used to help settle lingering legal questions. And a new Pentagon memo allowing military chaplains to conduct same-gender marriages is no substitute for equal rights and benefits for gay and lesbian couples. Dorian Merina interviewed DAVID MCKEAN of the Service Members Legal Defense Network for Free Speech Radio News on the day Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal became official. Then, with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! on the same day, San Francisco State University political science professor and author AARON BELKIN (“HOW WE WON: PROGRESSIVE LESSONS FROM THE REPEAL OF 'DON'T ASK DON'T TELL') responded to comments by antiwar queer activist and writer MATTILDA BERNSTEIN SYCAMORE, and offered a comprehensive analysis of the road to ending the military's ban on lesbian and gay service members.

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