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Desperate Anti-Gay Congressmen Ask Defense Secretary to Delay Next Week's Final Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

FOX News reports that House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (pictured), R-Calif., and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C. have asked Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to delay next week's final repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

Mckeon Mr. Secretary, we trust that you will see the risk of moving forward with repeal without giving service members and their leaders adequate time to study, understand and prepare themselves to implement the revised policies and regulations they will need to be successful," the letter reads.

The pair also requests that the Defense Department share with the committee the service chiefs and the views of senior military leaders in memoranda form, a request that has been denied by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the past.

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

Panetta says no:

"The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on September 20," a Pentagon spokesman said. "Senior Department of Defense officials have advised Congress of changes to regulations and policies associated with repeal. We take that obligation seriously."

Ham This week, General Carter Ham, who co-directed a Pentagon study on ending the ban, told the AP that lifting it would make little noise:

“My hope, my expectation, my belief is that it will be pretty inconsequential,” he told The Associated Press in a brief interview. His comments echoed the prevailing view among senior U.S. military and civilian officials at the Pentagon, who think repeal will largely be taken in stride.


The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, said last week that he does not expect to make any public pronouncement when repeal takes effect next week. “We’re beyond that now,” Odierno said. “I’m not concerned it. I think we’ll be okay.”

Read McKeon and Wilson's letter to Panetta, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via think progress lgbt)

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube: #792

SLOW TRAIN: High-speed camera slowed down becomes theatrical tableau.

GOBBLE GOBBLE: San Diego talk show host regrets doing the turkey call.

JOE 'YOU LIE' WILSON: Thanks caller for his homophobic remarks.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Coldplay's new holiday single.

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News: H1N1, Banksy, Drew Gooden, Space Hotel, Justin Bourne


Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear appeal of lawsuit oever same-sex marriage referendum.



Dallas Mavericks Drew Gooden accused of calling fan a "faggot".


Lady Gaga found something else in her closet.


Census data: many similarities between straight married couples and gay married couples.


Gay candidate smeared as child molester in Annapolis election.


Anti-gay sign investigated as hate crime in Maine: "A hand-painted, plywood sign that had a threat directed at homosexuals was found nailed on a tree in the front yard of a Route 156 residence on Friday, police say."


Hypocrite: Rep. Joe Wilson blames Obama administration for vaccine shortage after voting no on funding bill to combat H1N1.

Space hotel to launch in 2012?


A look at Ultimate Fighting, its gay-friendly and not so gay-friendly fighters, and its gay fans: “Any guy involved in grappling is the furthest thing from homophobic in the world. I honestly think it would have no impact whatsoever with not only our fighters or our fan base. The guys in the UFC, everybody is so cool, it’s great sportsmanship, everybody has respect for each other. I honestly, it wouldn’t be a big deal to me and most of the guys I know in this sport, it wouldn’t be a big deal for them either.”


Circus: Kylie Minogue spent Halloween in NYC with Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone.



Miss Gay America crowned in St. Louis.


Minor league hockey player Justin Bourne: End the gay slurs. "In my days as a hockey player, I did nothing but contribute to hockey's culture of homophobia and prejudice against gays. I used gay slurs more times than I'd like to admit. Six months after I left my last professional locker room, I felt a twinge of regret, followed by a full-out, stomach punch of regret. And by the time I finished the first draft of this column, I was disgusted with myself."


Is Precious this year's Slumdog?


Listen: Silverton, Oregon's transgender mayor Stu Rasmussen profiled on WNYC's Radiolab.


Dancing with the Stars' Derek Hough: I'm not gay, but I almost played one on Cougar Town: "It would have been perfect. With all the rumors going around, I thought it would be really funny because it's just not true. But I was like, you know what? If that's what you want to see."


Rihanna discusses assault: "I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears."



Banksy commentary on graffiti vandalism covered in graffiti by vandals.


Minnesota pastor quits over Lutheran position on gay clergy.


Mariah Carey nearly takes spill on Jay Leno.


Twitter war erupts after user calls British actor Stephen Fry's Tweets "boring."


Conservative Washington Times highlights Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway's opposition to lifting ban on gays in the military: "But Gen. Conway has gone further than others in stating his opposition to a change in policy, according to the former official, who has been privy to private conversations on the matter. "He feels very strongly that [removing the ban] would be disruptive, and he opposes it," said the former official. Gen. Conway's private remarks stand in contrast to public utterances by other service chiefs, who have restricted themselves to repeating a well-rehearsed mantra: If Congress introduces a bill to repeal the ban, they will discuss it with the chain of command. If Congress changes the law, they will follow the law."

House of Representatives Rebukes Joe Wilson for 'You Lie' Outburst


The House of Representatives this afternoon passed a resolution, which was introduced earlier by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), rebuking Joe Wilson for his "you lie!" outburst during President Obama's health care speech. 

The vote, and Hoyer's speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Conservatives have already begun screaming "hypocrisy", pointing to a 2007 speech by Rep. Pete Stark, calling Bush a liar. Joe Wilson apologized shortly after the outburst, but the Democrats are apparently asked for one on the House floor, and he refused, according to Crooks and Liars.

They write: "If there is any hypocrisy here, it is on the part of Republicans. They wanted to censure Pete Stark, but couldn’t do it since they were in the minority (remember – elections have consequences). But when it comes to Joe Wilson, they are circling the wagons."

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Joe Wilson's Wife Asked: 'Who's the Nut That Hollered Out 'You Lie'?'


Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), who yelled out 'you lie' at the President during his health care Congressional address, pulls out his wife for a web ad to help save his reputation.

She says: "I said, 'Joe, who's the nut that hollered out, 'You lie?' And he goes, 'It was me' .... I couldn't believe that Joe would say that. But he is very passionate."

Wilson's opponent, Rob Miller, has raised nearly $1 million since the outburst.


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Joe Wilson Makes a Plea


"In other words, I'm scared shitless of the $700,000+ my opponent has raised since I called the President a liar in front of the whole country."


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