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Mitchell native attends signing in Washington

December 23, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Mitchell native Steve Hildebrand attended the signing of the bill that repealed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy Wednesday.
“It was an emotionally powerful day. It was incredibly historic,” Hildebrand said. “For the first time, gay and lesbian Americans will be treated as equals.
“No longer will they have to live their lives in secret,” he said. “They can be who they are.” Continue Reading

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Obama signs ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal

December 22, 2010 in INFORUM

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama signed a landmark law Wednesday repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military, fulfilling one of his major campaign pledges and casting the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied. Continue Reading

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‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ to end

December 18, 2010 in INFORUM

Senate votes to repeal ban on openly gay troops serving in military
WASHINGTON In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military’s 17-year ban on openly gay troops and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Continue Reading

Senator previously opposed repeal, now says he’s ‘not adverse’ to changing

December 9, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., isn’t saying he’ll vote to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that restricts gay people from serving openly in the military.
But Thune said he is studying the issue and paying especially close attention to the thoughts and feelings of Americans in uniform.
A procedural vote on the issue was scheduled Wednesday but then canceled. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., needs 60 votes to block a threatened filibuster on the issue that would be led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. If all 58 Democrats are joined by two or more Republicans, the repeal would go to a final vote soon, perhaps this weekend. Only 51 votes would then be needed to repeal the policy. Continue Reading

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Army, Marine chiefs cast doubt on gay service

December 3, 2010 in INFORUM

WASHINGTON The top uniformed Army and Marines generals told a Senate panel Friday that letting gays serve openly in the military during wartime would be divisive and difficult, opposition that could undercut President Barack Obama’s push to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban. Continue Reading

Johnson: Allow openly gay people to serve in military

December 2, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., said he favors repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allowing gay people to serve openly in America’s military.
“I hope that Congress will move forward with the repeal,” Johnson said Wednesday during a teleconference with South Dakota journalists. “I think any individual who is able and willing to serve their country should be able to regardless of their sexual orientation.” Continue Reading