Hawai'i Legislators Kill Civil Unions Bill

(Honolulu, February 1, 2010) —

The Hawai'i Legislature has failed to enact a law providing broad legal rights and duties to the state's lesbian and gay couples, tabling a Bill through an anonymous voice vote that had previously been approved by both houses of the Legislature.

The Hawai'i Senate had approved H.B. 444 — a bill to create "civil unions"— by a veto-proof 18 to 7 majority the week before, sending the bill back to the House for a conforming vote. Although the House had passed H.B. 444 by an emphatic 33 to 17 margin last year, House members used an anonymous voice vote to kill the bill on Friday, January, 29, a tactic that elicited calls of “cowards” from backers of the bill.

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FPPC Complaint Filed Against Andy PugnoRick Jacobs

Rick Jacobs, Chair of the Courage Campaign, has filed complaints with the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Attorney General's office against Andy Pugno, General Counsel to the organization Protect Marriage and Republican candidate for State Assembly.

"The new and troubling disclosures appear to demonstrate willful disrespect for the laws and rules governing the conduct of public servants," Jacobs said in a released statement. "If he broke California law, how can he expect to be elected to office to make California law?"

Read more: FPPC Complaint Filed Against Andy Pugno

 

Expected Executive Action Could Change 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ImplementationRobert Gates


On Tuesday, Feb. 2, executive changes to the "don't ask, don't tell" policy are expected to be announced that could significantly impact the lives of gay troops. The expected statements from Defense Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen would protect some service members from investigations based on third-party allegations and set a new standard for what constitutes reliable sources and credible information that trigger a "don't ask, don't tell" investigation.

It is also expected that the military brass will announce changes to the adjudication of potential discharges, whose effect could be to require a flag officer to sign off on any discharge for it to move forward.

Read more: DADT Policy Changes Expected

 

Gay American Heroes Foundation Adds New Board MembersChris Salvatore

The Gay American Heroes Foundation (GAHF) has announced the appointment of several new members to its various boards, including long time activist Dr. Phyllis Lyons, actor Christopher Salvatore and DADT Activist Lt. Dan Choi.

“The goal of the Gay American Heroes Foundation is to build a national traveling memorial to take to communities throughout the USA to honor the lives of LGBT people who have been murdered for simply being themselves,” said Scott Hall, Chairman and Founder of GAHF. “Theses new Board members bring a depth of experience and knowledge that will help us reach that goal.”

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President Pledges to Tackle ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in 2010

WASHINGTON, DC –
President Obama’s historic remarks regarding the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in this year’s State of the Union address have raised the hopes of many LGBT organizations that have been fighting for an end to the law that prohibits lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military.

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law was passed by Congress in 1993 as part of the FY1994 Defense Authorization Act. It is widely expected that repeal of the law will come as part of that same defense authorization process this year.

Read more: President Calls for End to DADT

 

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