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March 25 Roundup: DC Marriage and Don’t Ask

March 25, 2010

A few updates on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and marriage equality in DC.

  • Senator Bennett’s effort derail the passage of the health reform reconciliation bill in the Senate by attaching an amendment that would have called for a vote on marriage equality in DC was derailed.  This hits on so many important issues–health reform, marriage equality, and the need for DC to be its own state.  Good news for Maine readers–Senators Snowe and Collins both broke from their party and voted against this effort.
  • In a Q&A session today Sec. Gates clarified that the Congressional study is on HOW to repeal, not whether to repeal.
  • Secretary Gates relaxed the enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  The new regulations included raising the level of the personnel involved in different steps in the investigation and barred the use of information from lawyers, doctors, therapists and clergy.
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