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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 21 • may 21, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Ben Nelson wantsto wait, followguidance from Gates
By CHRIS JOHNSON firstname.lastname@example.org
A key U.S. senator has told theBlade that he opposes repealing“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at this time.In a brief exchange on CapitolHill, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) saidTuesday he would vote against aneffort next week to overturn the law.He said he wants to adhere to guid-ance from Defense SecretaryRobert Gates and Chairman of theJoint Chiefs of Staff Adm. MichaelMullen on holding off on repeal.Asked whether he would votein favor of a repeal measure,Nelson replied, “No, I want to fol-low with the advice and the sug-gestions of Secretary of DefenseGates to have the study that isunderway right now before wemake that final decision —because it’s not a question of‘whether,’ it’s a question of ‘how.’”A vote on repealing “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell” as part of major defensebudget legislation could take placenext week during the Senate ArmedServices Committee markup of thefiscal year 2011 defense authoriza-tion bill. Markup proceedings arescheduled to begin May 26 and areclosed to the public.It remains unclear whetherthere are enough votes on thecommittee to make repeal part ofthe legislation. Mustering enoughvotes to repeal the statute couldbe a challenge for opponents of“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” followingNelson’s comments.Repeal efforts were complicatedlast month after Gates released a
on his personal hero andthe importance of privacy.
LGBT staff group returns to Capitol Hillafter hiatus, elects officers.
, wife of slain attor-ney Robert Wone, testified thisweek about her husband’s relation-ship with the three gay men chargedin connection with his murder.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Trial begins withwife’s testimony,chilling 911 tape
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
The wife of slain attorneyRobert Wone testified this weekabout her husband’s friendshipwith three gay men charged withobstructing a police investigationinto his murder.Katherine Wone, who becamethe government’s first witnessMonday in a complex and long-awaited trial, said the couplegave money to a Virginia gaygroup that Joseph Price, one ofthe defendants, once chaired.Price, 39, his domestic partner,Victor Zaborsky, 44, and the cou-ple’s housemate, Dylan Ward, 39,are charged with obstruction of jus-tice, conspiracy to obstruct justiceand evidence tampering in con-nection with Wone’s August 2006stabbing death in their DupontCircle area townhouse. No one hasbeen charged with the murder.If convicted on all threecounts, the defendants face apossible maximum sentence of38 years in prison.
Wone’s widowtakes the stand
Key senator says hold off on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal
, right, talks with U.S. Army General
. Nelson this week said he would voteagainst a legislative effort to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Photo courtesy of Nelson’s office
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