PUT AN END TO DON'T ASK DON'T TELL
It's hard for me to fathom the depth of ignorance and prejudice regarding the whole gay/lesbian issue. We're a decade into the 21st Century and yet a person in the United States can legally be fired from his/her job for being gay. A report from the Times Online had this story:
Dutch outrage as US general blames gay soldiers for Srebrenica
"A retired American general has blamed the UN's historic failure to protect the Bosnian "safe haven" of Srebrenica on the fact that there were openly gay soldiers in the Dutch peacekeeping battalion assigned to it. " READ IN FULL View YouTube below for a news clip with the retired General.
IN OTHER NEWS ABOUT GAY RIGHTS ...
Directly from Care2.com website written by Steve Williams: On Tuesday, (March 23, 2010) U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson ruled that Constance McMillen's rights were indeed violated by the Itawamba County School District when they chose to deny her permission to wear a tuxedo to the school prom, and to attend the event with her girlfriend. The court also found that the board was wrong to cancel the prom when the ACLU, who represented McMillen in the case, got involved.
However, the court decided that it would not force the school to reinstate the original prom as the injunction filed by the ACLU requested, given that a private prom was now being held instead, but there was one clear caveat to this.
The court did not press the school to put the prom back on, in part, because the court received assurances that Constance will be allowed to attend the private prom. As you may remember from our previous coverage, Constance had previously been excluded from the event, but this appears to no longer be so. Judge Davidson emphasized that this was a strong factor in his decision, commenting that “defendants have made representations, upon which this court relies, that all IAHS students including the plaintiff are welcome [at the event].”
Judge Davidson also gave McMillen's representation permission to amend their lawsuit so as to seek monetary damages in the light of the school's actions, saying that he felt “a substantial threat that irreparable harm" could have occurred due to the board's canceling of the prom. READ MORE
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