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Howard Dean Endorses Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Discussion of Marriage Equality and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
In a discussion during which he endorses her run for U.S. Senate, Howard Dean talks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about LGBT issues.
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Says Gillibrand: "I support full marriage equality. To me, it's the civil rights march of our generation. It's about equal rights, it's about equal justice and there's no reason that any family in America...You know, my family gets certain rights and privileges, a gay couple's family should also get the same rights and privileges and there's over 1,000 rights and privileges in federal and state law that would come with marriage equality."
"And at the federal level I'm gonna work on repealing DOMA, I'm gonna work on repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'. I have a bill right now that I'm considering basically putting a moratorium on the enforcement of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for the next 18 months so the administration has time to consider it, to decide if they want this to be part of their policy and for the military to come to the table and make their own assessments because all the evidence shows us our military has been denied some of our best and brightest in America because of this policy particularly in areas where we've really needed them in language translation and intelligence services. We need all of our best and brightest at the forefront of our operations to keep America safe."
Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he would support Gillibrand's DADT bill, adding that he'd like to make the moratorium she proposes permanent.
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Could it be that we are family?
Via Americablog - which notes that Dean was one of the top four names on the invite. Americablog also has a rundown of who's in and who's out.
The Victory Fund's Chuck Wolfe has dropped out as well. As has Hilary Rosen.
Rep. Jared Polis is attending the fundraiser. He talked to The Advocate about why he's doing so:
"I’m a Democrat and a proud Democrat. Our party’s not perfect but certainly I will help the Democrats however I can. I did an event for Democrats for education reform Monday and if you figure our party has a ways to go on LGBT equality, we have even further to go on education reform where President Obama has been a great leader, but those are battles we fight every day ... Some donors might choose to support the Party now, some might delay. I would certainly hope that before the next election we’ve demonstrated that we’ve moved substantially on the equality agenda. But if the Democrats fail to deliver on the equality agenda, then it’s reasonable that gay and lesbian donors might choose to donate to activist groups rather than the Party itself.
Rachel Maddow took on Obama tonight over the DOMA brief.
Former DNC Chair and Vermont governor Howard Dean came on as a guest to talk about the Obama administration and LGBT issues. Dean called the language in the brief "offensive" and said doubts the President saw it. Said Dean of the DOJ brief: "It wasn't a little too far. It was a lot too far."
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With a Vermont House vote approaching and Governor Jim Douglas' veto threat looming, Howard Dean took to the stage at a Vermont Democratic Party reception in Burlington Vermont and urged lawmakers to support same-sex marriage in the state, the Burlington Free Press reports.
Said Dean: "Vote your conscience, not your district. Stand up for doing the right thing; for being a human being. Put human rights above politics -- because if you don't, you'll regret it for the rest of your political career.
The paper adds: "Conservatives, he said, should note that the first American soldier to 'take a bullet' at the onset of the current war in Iraq was a gay man."
Letters have been pouring in to the Vermont statehouse, and legislators are reading them, according to WCAX: "The House Judiciary
Committee adjourned its afternoon hearing early to allow lawmakers to
read some of the communication. The committee's chair said much of it
appears to be from out-of-state, part of an orchestrated campaign to
sway legislation here. 'I'm most
interested in Vermont communications from Vermont residents, Vermont
families, who are telling their stories about why this is an important
piece of legislation or telling their story about what their concerns
are about this legislation. I am most interested in the Vermont
stories,' said Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Vt. House Judiciary Committee
Chairman. The House Judiciary Committee
expects to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon. It is likely to pass,
and a full vote on the House floor is expected later this week."
Openly gay Vermont Representative Jason Lorber told the Victory Fund he is cautiously optimistic about passing same-sex marriage despite Douglas' veto threat.
Said Lorber: “We need to just stay focused on getting this bill passed. We’re certainly disappointed with the governor, but we need to do the right thing. Anytime you try to override a governor it’s a big [challenge] – but I believe we can do it...We’re going to pass it resoundingly, but whether we have the veto-proof margin is a different question. Now that the governor has inserted himself into the legislative process, he has politicized this question even more than it has been. Now, when members are voting they have to take into calculation the veto — whereas before it would have been a much more pure vote of ‘this is how I feel about it.’ ... That’s disappointing that we couldn’t have that vote initially, just on the merits of the bill."
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