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washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 32 – August 6, 2010

washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 32 – August 6, 2010

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Published by: Washington Blade Newspaper on Aug 05, 2010
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Did anger over‘Don’t Ask’ motivateManning to act?
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Reports that a U.S. Army intel-ligence analyst who’s accused ofleaking classified information isgay have raised questions aboutwhether a resentment of “Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell” could have moti-vated his alleged crime.Pfc. Bradley Manning, 22, isthe prime suspect in the investi-gation of leaked video footageshowing a U.S. Apache helicop-ter strike in Baghdad that killed12 civilians, including employeesof a Reuters news agency.Manning allegedly gave thefootage to WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website devoted to dis-closing the secrets of govern-ments and corporations.In an instant message conver-sation with a friend, Manningreportedly said he was responsi-ble for the leak as well as anothervideo showing a 2009 Garani airstrike in Afghanistan. He alsoreportedly claimed to have
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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 32 • august 6, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Activists hail decisionas major victory formarriage equality
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
In an historic development, afederal judge in California ruledWednesday that the GoldenState’s ban on same-sex mar-riage is unconstitutional.The ruling by U.S. District CourtJudge Vaughn Walker in SanFrancisco said an amendment tothe state’s constitution banningsame-sex marriage, which votersapproved in a 2008 ballot measureknown as Proposition 8, violatesthe U.S. Constitution’s equal pro-tection and due process clauses.“Because Proposition 8 isunconstitutional under both theDue Process and Equal ProtectionClauses, the court orders entryof judgment permanently enjoin-ing its enforcement,” Walkerwrote in his ruling.The order also prohibits “theofficial defendants from applyingor enforcing Proposition 8 anddirecting the official defendantsthat all persons under their controlor supervision shall not apply orenforce Proposition 8.” But thatorder was stayed for an indetermi-nate length of time, pending anexpected appeal of the case.Voter approval of Prop 8 put anend to same-sex marriages thatbegan in California in early 2008,when the state’s highest courtruled that gays and lesbians couldnot be denied the right to marryunder the state constitution.Same-sex marriage oppo-nents said Wednesday theywould take immediate steps to
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Bradley Manning
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A crowd at Bravo Bravo Restaurant & Nightclub in D.C. celebrates Wednesday's federal court decision findingProposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, to be unconstitutional. The decision is expectedto be appealed.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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Gay Games officialssay 2014 event willstay in Cleveland,despite controversy.
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