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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 43 • october 22, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
Dave Perruzza on his12 years managing theHigh Heel Race, plus apreview o Tuesday’s contest.
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Court denies stay of injunction;Pentagon halts enforcementof ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The struggle to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” re-ceived renewed national attention this week asthe Pentagon announced it would halt enorce-ment o the policy and a Caliornia ederal courtrejected the Obama administration’s request ora stay o the injunction against the law.The Pentagon announced that it would dis-continue enorcement o “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”ater U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips lastweek issued an injunction prohibiting the en-orcement o the law that confrmed her Septem-ber ruling striking down the statute.On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Departmentsought an emergency stay with the U.S. NinthCircuit Court o Appeals. A decision rom thecourt wasn’t handed down by Blade deadline.Check the Blade’s website or updates on theinjunction.Cynthia Smith, a Deense Department spokes-person, said the Pentagon would adhere to thecourt injunction and stop discharges o gay, les-bian and bisexual service members.“The Department o Deense will o courseobey the law,” she said. “The Department willabide by the terms o the court’s order, eectiveas o the time and date o the injunction, unlessand until the injunction is stayed or vacated.”Smith said on Oct. 15, the Pentagon issuedguidance to military recruiters saying they couldno longer dismiss openly gay people who areinterested in joining the U.S. armed orces.
Choi, others begin to re-enlist
White House rejects gay judicial nominee
Supporters urged Schumer to ght for attorneyaccused of anti-Christian remarks
By CHRIS JOHNSON
The White House has rejected the recommended nomination o aNew York attorney who would have become the frst openly gay manto sit on the ederal bench, because o comments he reportedly madeabout the Pledge o Allegiance and Christmas that were deemed anti-Christian.In February, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recommended thenomination o Daniel Alter to serve as a judge or the U.S. DistrictCourt or the Southern District o New York. Presidents traditionally ol-low the guidance o senators rom the state where there’s a vacancyor judicial nominations.But inormed sources told the Washington Blade that the WhiteHouse rejected Alter’s nomination because o remarks he reportedlymade regarding a case challenging inclusion o the phrase “underGod” in the Pledge o Allegiance. In addition, the White House report-edly objected to remarks that Alter made suggesting that merchantsnot wish shoppers “Merry Christmas” during the holidays.In a 2005 article published by Cybercast News Service, Alter isquoted as saying that a general holiday greeting is more appropriateand inclusive or retailers as opposed to saying “Merry Christmas.”“It seems both rom a business ... and a community perspective, that
Latino GLBT History Project holds its fth annual Hispanic LGBTQHeritage Awards reception.
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Our man in Warsaw: Gay ormer Ambassador Michael Guestpresses LGBT issues at int’l conerence.
’s pick or a ederal judicial post was rejected by the White House. Supporters o Daniel Alter asked Schumerto fght or the nomination, but Alter was dropped rom consideration.
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