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Obama memo: hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples
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SGN INTERVIEW: Queer Youth Space in Seattle
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Effort to repeal Prop 8 fails to collect enough signatures - Federal Prop 8 trial remains paused
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Justice John Paul Stevens signals retirement
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Tour de Life: The past imperfect of the Vatican
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The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant
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The Barista Boyz of Broadway
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Missoula passes anti-discrimination ordinance
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Elliott Bay Book Company holds grand opening
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OUT Sustainability holds second annual Earth Gay
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Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill loses momentum
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Argentine court annuls first Gay marriage
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Malawi Gay prisoner seriously ill
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Camp Ten Trees celebrates 10 years
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Constance McMillen invited to be NYC LGBT Pride Parade grand marshal
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General Gayety: Gay news that's fit to print
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BREAKING NEWS
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A Lesbian on the Supreme Court?
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Washington uncorks its best at Taste Washington!
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Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
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Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
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Bleckley prom goes smoothly
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Tennessee School Agrees To Remedy Harassment And Censorship Of Gay Student
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Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech
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Moments Ago GetEQUAL Activists Interrupt Pres. Obama During Fundraising Reception Speech
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Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument
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Police wagon has pulled up
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Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce
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Unfortunate news. The Maine LGBT Civil Rights March has been postponed indefinitely.
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GetEQUAL Disrupts Congressional Hearing to Demand Action on Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
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Spokesman: Park Police 'screwed up'
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ACLU Complaint Takes On 'Decoy' Prom For Mississippi Lesbian Student
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One Story, Two Sides
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Gay groups frustration rising on 'Don't Ask'
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'Not gay enough:' Softball players sue
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White House ostracizing SLDN
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Washington uncorks its best at Taste Washington!
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Obama memo: hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Late on April 15, President Obama issued an unexpected memo which commanded hospitals to extend full visitation rights to the same-sex partners of Gay and Lesbian patients. Obama also instructed healthcare facilities to work with individuals in establishing medical power of attorney.

"There are few moments in our lives t
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SGN INTERVIEW: Queer Youth Space in Seattle
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Pink stickers that read "WE NEED QUEER YOUTH SPACE" can be seen everywhere on Capitol Hill. Queer Youth Space (QYS) volunteers have put them on telephone polls, street signs - even bus stops - to declare that a safe space that is led, owned, and organized by Queer youth, for Queer youth is a nee
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Effort to repeal Prop 8 fails to collect enough signatures - Federal Prop 8 trial remains paused
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

A grassroots effort to force a November 2010 ballot-box vote on repealing Proposition 8 failed to collect enough voter signatures by the April 12 deadline to get the measure on the ballot.

Groups pushing the 2010 repeal effort faced an uphill battle from the get-go because
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Justice John Paul Stevens signals retirement
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens confirmed last week that he will retire from the court when it has finished its current session, probably in June or July.

He said he hopes his successor is confirmed 'well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term.'
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Tour de Life: The past imperfect of the Vatican
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

I feel like such an imposter when I step into the centuries-old churches scattered around Brussels. I'm not Catholic, or even religious, but I always walk into them when I go near one because I love seeing the manifested internal philosophical battle of humankind given form and shape a
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The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant
by Gaysha Starr - Special to the SGN

The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma hosted the 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant last Saturday night at the La Quinta Tacoma. Stepping down was Mr. Gay Washington 2009 from Everett, Matt Surreal Caché, and from Pasco, Miss Gay Washington 2009, Roxanne Von Cummins.
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The Barista Boyz of Broadway
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Gangway! The Barista Boyz of Broadway are here. Barista Boyz is the new coffee and espresso stop where, after 3:30 p.m., the shirts come off and you'll have your coffee served to you by the shirtless and sexy Barista Boyz.

'It's gourmet coffee with a kick,' Barista Boyz owner Dave
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Missoula passes anti-discrimination ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Missoula, Montana, City Council passed a new anti-discrimination ordinance in the early hours of April 13.

The ordinance forbids housing and employment discrimination based on 'actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.'

The council vo
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Elliott Bay Book Company holds grand opening
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.) celebrated it grand opening at its new Capitol Hill location on April 15. Local businesses shut down 10th Avenue between E. Pike and E. Pine Streets block party-style, as they came out in droves to welcome the bookstore - formerly of Pioneer Square s
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OUT Sustainability holds second annual Earth Gay
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Earth Gay
April 18
Various Seattle locations

On April 18, OUT for Sustainability, a local environmental organization dedicated to engaging members of the LGBT community, will hold its second annual 'Earth Gay.' The celebration will entail multiple volunteer service p
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Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill loses momentum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - which would impose the death penalty on 'serial offender' Gays and people with HIV who have sex, Gay or straight - is being held up in a parliamentary committee, and is not likely to be brought out for a vote.

The bill was introduced with fanfare la
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Argentine court annuls first Gay marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only two days after Argentina's first Lesbian marriage, a court annulled the first Gay marriage in the South American country.

Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello were married in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, on December 28 last year.

On April 14, Ushuaia Children and
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Malawi Gay prisoner seriously ill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Monjeza, husband of Transgender Tiwonge Chimbalanga, has fallen seriously ill in prison, according to British Gay activist Peter Tatchell.

Monjeza and Chimbalanga have been held in Malawi's notorious Chichili prison since they were arrested the day after their wedding in Dec
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Camp Ten Trees celebrates 10 years
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Camp Ten Trees
'We've Got Friends
'Round Here' fundraiser
April 10
Westin Hotel


On April 10, over 300 people gathered in the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle to attend the annual Camp Ten Trees fundraising dinner, auction and 10th anniversaty ce
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Constance McMillen invited to be NYC LGBT Pride Parade grand marshal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

For the past few weeks, bizarre and often hurtful news has come creeping out of Itawamba, Mississippi. Openly Lesbian high school senior Constance McMillen was told she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom, then she couldn't take her sophomore girlfriend to the prom, then the prom was cancelled,
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General Gayety: Gay news that's fit to print
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

'I'm doing your research for you.'

Anne was all smiles, but her words had made me all nervous. Someone choosing a topic for me to write about is often as welcome as someone choosing my clothes for the day. I could wind up in paisley.

My partner's enthusias
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Trikone Northwest's BollyQ event a South Asian celebration
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

BollyQ
April 3
Café Metropolitain


Trikone Northwest (TrikoneNW), a supportive LGBTQ organization for South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, held BollyQ, a community outreach event, at Café Metropolitain on April 3. SGN was on hand for the fun and festive event, w
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Human Rights Campaign staffers depart
The two top people in the Human Rights Campaign's communications department have left the nation's biggest Gay rights group.

Communications Director Brad Luna's job was eliminated in a reorganization. Shortly thereafter,
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BREAKING NEWS!

A Lesbian on the Supreme Court?
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Suddenly, it seems possible that the next Supreme Court pick might be a Lesbian.

Surprise!

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is not openly Gay at the moment - which, of course, may mean she's not Gay at all. But persistent rumors, an absence of denial, and some
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Washington uncorks its best at Taste Washington!
by John Griffin - SGN Contributing Writer

Taste of Washington
March 27-28
Qwest Field Events Center


Once again, Taste Washington! provided ample evidence that Washington wines are leaving other domestic products in the dust. Nearly all wines will need to learn to stand in the shadow of Washingt
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Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK - A circuit judge today stuck down Arkansas ban against unmarried couples adopting or foster-parenting children.

Act 1, passed by voters in 2008, unconstitutionally burdens non-marital relationships and acts of sexual intimacy between adults by forcing them to choose between
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Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
By Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - At the oldest law school in the West, law is being made this semester, not just taught.

In a case that carries great implications for how public universities and schools must accommodate religious groups, the University of California's
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Bleckley prom goes smoothly
He was the first in his hometown of Cochran and perhaps in Georgia to ask permission to take a same sex partner to prom and have his school allow it.

By JULIE HUBBARD

COCHRAN - Bleckley County High School senior Derrick Martin made history Saturday when he arrived at his high school prom on the arm of another boy
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Tennessee School Agrees To Remedy Harassment And Censorship Of Gay Student
ACLU Of Tennessee And Lambda Legal Applaud School's Protection Of Free Speech

GREENBRIER, TN (April 19, 2010) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal announced today that they have received assurances from officials at Greenbrier High School that the school will stop censoring a student from wearing
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Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech
By ADAM LIPTAK
New York Times

That sound in the distance at the Supreme Court these days is the debate over same-sex marriage.

It will be a couple of years until that central issue in the culture wars reaches the court. But two early skirmishes - if not proxy battles - arrived this month. Both are fights o
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Moments Ago GetEQUAL Activists Interrupt Pres. Obama During Fundraising Reception Speech
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Police wagon has pulled up
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Unfortunate news. The Maine LGBT Civil Rights March has been postponed indefinitely.
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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GetEQUAL Disrupts Congressional Hearing to Demand Action on Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Spokesman: Park Police 'screwed up'
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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ACLU Complaint Takes On 'Decoy' Prom For Mississippi Lesbian Student
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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One Story, Two Sides
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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Gay groups frustration rising on 'Don't Ask'
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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'Not gay enough:' Softball players sue
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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White House ostracizing SLDN
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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SF Pride gives Ashburn 'Pink Brick'
They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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They demand he repeal 'Don't Ask, Don¹t Tell' this year

Los Angeles, CA ­ Moments ago, several GetEQUAL activists interrupted President Obama during his speech at a fundraising reception for Senator Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles, expressing anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don¹t Ask, Don¹t Tell" this year and demanding t
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QUOTE UNQUOTE by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

"I'll tell you, this last election was a big learning experience for me and I've come to the very clear realization that the battle is not between Republican and Democrat - and yes, we disagree on many social issues and the government shouldn't legislate morality anyway. ..
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