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Navy TimesHouse Votes To Stop Same-Sex Marriages On Base:

WASHINGTON – Intent on delaying the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces, the House voted on Friday to prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex marriages on the nation’s bases regardless of state law.

On a 236-184 vote, the House attached the amendment to the defense spending bill, one of several steps the Republican-controlled chamber has taken this year to delay President Obama’s new policy. Pentagon leaders have said they see no roadblocks to ending the 17-year ban, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is likely to certify the change for mid-summer after months of training for the services.

Still, opposition remains strong in the House…

With regards to putting barriers in the way of implementation of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), it’s a move that’s obviously one of playing to the social conservative base of the Republican party instead of the roughly ¾ of adult Americans who have favored the repeal of DADT.

As for barring same-sex unions on military bases, it’s again an attempt to codify federal discrimination — and again, it’s a move that’s obviously playing to the social conservative base of the Republican party.

The Republicans in the House appear to be, as a group, choosing to be on the wrong side of history.

• For those who don’t know, the Larry King hate crime murder trial has been taking place in Oxnard, California this month. From the Los Angeles TimesTeacher describes teen’s changing gender identity before slaying; Junior high teacher testifies that she had supported Larry King’s transformation, offered makeup tips and counseled him to respect other students’ views – just half an hour before a classmate killed him:

E.O. Green Junior High teacher Dawn Boldrin on Friday recounted how she let her student Larry King know that she supported him as he began asserting a more feminine identity at their Oxnard school.

She bought him nail polish and offered him makeup tips when he showed up in class with a little too much eye shadow, Boldrin told a Chatsworth courtroom. Another day she handed him a shimmering green formal dress tucked into a leopard-print gift bag.

On Feb. 12, 2008, at the start of the school day, she cautioned him to respect other students in the same way that he wanted them to respect him for being gay and dressing like a girl.

“I said, ‘I think it’s great. I support you. But you can’t make everyone believe what you believe and it’s not your right to make them try,’ ” Boldrin recounted of the few moments they spoke as they walked to a computer lab…

More of the article at the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times coverage of the trial to date is here (articles not in date order).

Think Progress‘s Saving Medicaid: Why The LGBT Community Should Care:

In the banquet of spending cuts laid out as part of the debt negotiations, everyone seems to want a piece of Medicaid. Congress and the Administration are hungry for $4 trillion in savings, and while a powerful voting bloc of seniors helps protect Medicare, Medicaid serves people whose voices at the ballot box aren’t typically feared by those in Washington: the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries are women, children, and people with disabilities, many of them people of color, and all of them familiar with how poverty can cut off access to lifesaving medical care.  

Medicaid works

Medicaid provides coverage for more than 50 million Americans. In a recent poll, more than 50 percent of respondents shared that they have a personal connection to Medicaid, either because they themselves have received assistance from the program at some point in their lives or because a friend or family member had. Other recent research demonstrates that Medicaid makes a huge difference in people’s lives. Compared to people without insurance, Medicaid beneficiaries are happier, healthier, and have more access to the routine health care that prevents public health tragedies like high infant mortality, soaring costs for uncompensated emergency room visits, and unnecessary deaths from controllable conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

The Affordable Care Act recognizes Medicaid’s importance as a central part of the safety net and slates the program for a big expansion. The health reform law includes a requirement that states maintain current eligibility levels for their Medicaid programs, and beginning in 2014, an estimated 16 million currently uninsured people will receive coverage under Medicaid…

Thumbnail Link to NCTE's and The Task Force's Report, entitled 'Injustice At Every Turn: A Report Of The National
Transgender Discrimination Survey'Trans people especially should care. According to NCTE’s/The Task Force’s study Injustice At Every Turn, 30% of trans people are disabled:  

Thirty percent (30%) of respondents reported having a physical disability or mental health condition that substantially affects a major life activity. By contrast, the overall U.S. population reports a disability at a rate of 20%.10 However, the way we asked the question about disability may differ from the definition used by the Centers for Disease Control.

And household income for trans people is below that of the general population:

Our respondents reported much lower household incomes than the population as a whole, with many living in dire poverty. Fifteen percent (15%) of our respondents reported making under $10,000/year, nearly four times the rate of this household income category for the general population. Twelve percent (12%) said they made between $10,000 and $20,000/year. Fourteen percent (14%) said they made $100,000/year or more, compared to 25% making 100,000/year or more for the general population.

Due to the poverty and disability found in trans community, Medicaid cuts will no doubt significantly impact many of its community members.

The News‘s Homosexuality permitted in 113 countries, illegal in 76:

LAHORE: Fully recognised as a reality by 113 countries of the world that have legalised and decriminalised homosexuality over the years, the concept of same-sex union is still illegal in 76 nations and punishable by death in five countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Yemen and Sudan.

The Muslim countries where homosexuality is legal include Mali, Jordan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Azerbaijan etc.

As a large number of Pakistanis, including the religious clerics and parliamentarians, are infuriated over the June 26, 2011 gay, lesbians and transgender pride celebration ceremony that was hosted by the US Embassy in Islamabad, less than a month after President Obama had proclaimed equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity in his May 31, 2011 speech, chances are bright that criticism against America may gain momentum in coming days provided the Pakistani media highlights the issue.

A curious peek into the concept of homosexuality and facts consequently collected from numerous United Nations documents and the most recent survey report of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Inter-sex Association (ILGA) reveal that people are also put to death for their sexual orientation in Southern Somalia and about 12 Nigerian states. It formerly carried the death penalty in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule and in Iraq under a 2001 decree by Saddam Hussein…

More of the article at The News.

• Our Wiener Story Of The Day: Nashville Business Journal‘s Court sides with Dillard’s employee fired for stealing hot dogs:

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday Image: Wiener World, a restaurant in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Link To Pam's House Blend Tag 'Wieners'that a Dillard’s department store was not justified in firing an employee accused of stealing two hot dogs after a company picnic in July 2010.

According to this news story at, the store manager ordered that the left over burgers and hotdogs from the picnic be put in a freezer to be used for Labor Day.

The employee, however, said he never heard that directive, and removed two hot dogs from the freezer the next day to eat…

As always, “The weenie tempts you!

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