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washingtonblade.com - vol. 41, issue 42 - october 15, 2010

washingtonblade.com - vol. 41, issue 42 - october 15, 2010

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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 42 • october 15, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
New documentary,‘Out o Annapolis,’profles gay alumnio the Naval Academy.
Kathleen Sebelius andArne Dunan on waysto combat bullying,harassment in schools.
Darin Henderson andCarl Cox win $100,000grand prize in nationalwedding contest.
Local LDS member recalls suicideattempt, but remains in church
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
David Baker is living what he calls the “ulti-mate paradox.”Like many 21-year-old gays in the D.C. area,Baker spent last Saturday at Town as he doesmany weekends. A drag show is taking placedownstairs, but he and his riends went to the up-per level to dance to the latest remixes.“I started going clubbing shortly ater I cameout,” he said. “But I don’t go all that regularly —probably once a month.”But on Sunday, the situation is dierent. Aterdonning his best church clothes, the Salt LakeCity native who now lives in Rockville, went to aMormon church in D.C. or a three-hour block oweekly service.Activities included hearing speakers rom with-in and outside the congregation and scripturediscussion. Baker, a University o Utah graduate,is also co-chair o the cultural events committeeand helped work to plan social events with otherchurch members.Baker’s presence among his congregation isdistinct because he’s openly gay in a religionknown or its hostility to homosexuality and oppo-sition to same-sex marriage. The Mormon Churchearned scorn rom many in the LGBT communityin 2008 or taking a lead role in backing Proposi-tion 8 in Caliornia, which ended same-sex mar-riage there.“It’s the ultimate paradox,” Baker said. “It’sbeen a struggle not just in dealing with my sexu-ality, but in the reactions that I get rom churchmembers sometimes or the reactions that I get
Gay Mormons struggle with faith
Judge strikes down ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Gov’t has 60 daysto appeal worldwideinjunction
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
A Caliornia ederal court onTuesday granted a worldwideinjunction against the enorce-ment o “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”U.S. District Judge VirginiaPhillips confrmed her earlieropinion in September against“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in thecase o Log Cabin v. UnitedStates by granting an immedi-ate and permanent injunctionbarring the U.S. governmentrom enorcing the law. Addi-tionally, the court ordered thesuspension o all pending pro-ceedings and investigationsunder “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”In her injunction, Phillips re-iterates that “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell” violates the ree speechand due process rights o gay,lesbian and bisexual servicemembers under the First andFith Amendments. Phillipssays her injunction “perma-nently enjoins” the U.S. govern-ment “rom enorcing or apply-ing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’Act and implementing regula-tions, against any person undertheir jurisdiction or command.”The Justice Department has60 days to determine whetheror not to appeal the decisionto the U.S. Ninth Circuit Courto Appeals. Tracy Schmaler, aJustice Department spokes-person, said the U.S. govern-ment is reviewing the ruling.President Obama haspledged to end “Don’t Ask,Don’t Tell.” Many opponentso the law, including memberso Congress, have urged thepresident not to appeal the
An update on several bills pending in Congress thatwould bar anti-LGBT bullying in schools.
PAGE 12Continues on page 20Continues on page 18
The stars came out or HRC’s annual National Dinner, includingPink, Bette Midler and Mo’Nique.
PAGES 10 & 48
‘As an American, a veteran and an Army reserve ofcer, I am proud the court ruled that the arcane ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ statute vio-lates the Constitution,’ said
R. Clarke Cooper
, executive director o the Log Cabin Republicans, which fled the case.
Washington Blade fle photo by Michael Key
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