Patrick Murphy Hub

Watch: Rachel Maddow Talks to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal


Rachel Maddow summarized events surrounding DADT repeal last night and spoke with Rep. PAtrick Murphy (D-PA) about his repeal amendment.


Continue reading "Watch: Rachel Maddow Talks to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal" »

'Blindsided' by Gates Letter, Rep. Patrick Murphy Vows to Press On for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal This Year

Rep. Patrick Murphy, the chief sponsor of the House bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", says he and other lawmakers were "blindsided" by Defense Sec'y Robert Gates' letter on Friday, and vows to fight on for repeal this year.

Murphy  Says Murphy to The Advocate

"After my three years in Washington, I think when folks tell you to walk away, that’s usually a sign that you’re getting close. So we have to keep working, people need to call their members of Congress, their Senators. Obviously, the letter was a setback, but I know we’re on the right side of history here and we’re going to keep fighting till we get this done this year...I said from the get-go that just because change is hard it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. We have a bi-partisan bill to repeal 'don’t ask, don’t tell' in the House of Representatives. We have Republican support, we have Colin Powell now on board, we even have Dick Cheney calling for repeal. We need to keep fighting."

Murphy says he and Senator Carl Levin are "putting their heads together" to figure out the best way to move forward, and that he hasn't talked to anybody who thinks that Friday's letter means DADT repeal is off the table for this year.

Murphy also says a "delayed implementation" approach is not off the table either.

More at The Advocate...

News: Honduras, Tom DeLay, Chicago, R-71, Jude Law, Saturn


Anti-gay right now targeting Chai Feldblum, President Obama's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nominee.



Anti-gay Chicago police officer Richard Fiorito (accused in 21 federal suits of trumping up bogus charges against gay and lesbian motorists) busted by dash cam: "In dash cam video from Fiorito's squad car, he is shown conducting field sobriety tests against a driver, Michael Vaughn. In each of the tests, Vaughn performed 'perfectly...yet Fiorito noted in the official report that Vaughn had failed them."


WATCH: Tom DeLay performs the Samba with stress fractures on both feet (he says).


The Advocate talks to Rep. Patrick Murphy about gays in the military.


The fashion police are watching Jake Gyllenhaal's every move.


Jude Law takes New York stage in Hamlet. Review.



Disney gone beefcake.


Boston DJ Barry Scott wants new trial in unnecessary force case against Provincetown police.


Poll: R-71 has narrow lead in Washington state: "Among men, the measure is rejected by a 4-point margin; among women, it is approved by 12 points — a 16-point gender gap. 72% of Republicans say they will vote to reject; 72% of Democrats say they will vote to approve; independents reject by a 13-point margin. In Metro Seattle, the measure is approved by 18 points; in Eastern Washington, it is rejected by 18 points. Western Washington voters outside of Metro Seattle are more divided, with an 8-point margin voting against the referendum."


Welsh-based Muslim actor takes on gay role in new film, Colonial Gods: "I am a Muslim but I approached the project in a professional manner, as I hope most actors would."


Mad Men's Bryan Batt denies he's getting married.


More sickening speech from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), this time on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".



Elizabeth Taylor to undergo heart surgery.


UK conservative Tory party throws gay club night: "Protesters gathered outside with placards reading 'Queers against Tories', outraged that the party had crashed Manchester’s gay scene. Inside, hundreds packed two dancefloors and a roof terrace."


Turkey shuts down gay and lesbian internet communities: "The Web sites have more than 200,000 members combined. According to its administrators and members, the sites do not contain any pornographic or criminal content. The directorate blocked the sites without providing any information to the owners or issuing a demand to take down certain content, site mangers said, calling the action unlawful and arbitrary."



Massive ring discovered around Saturn.


LGBT people at greater risk in Honduras following coup: "Groups that were vulnerable to human rights abuses before the coup face even more risk now. Since the coup, for example, there have been six murders of gay men or transvestites, according to gay rights groups. Until 2008, the average number of such killings each year was three to six."


T.R. Knight receives standing O at Parade opening.


Volunteers hit Maine to campaign for marriage equality: "A No on 1 coordinator Darlene Huntress says the campaign initially was asking Mainers to take time off from their jobs to volunteer. 'Then we started getting you know hundreds of calls and e-mails from folks around the country who  also feel invested in this and we sort of folded our Maine volunteer vacation program and kind of extended it out to other folks in the country that wanted to come and help.' Huntress says that out-of-staters make up just a tiny fraction of the 1,000-plus volunteers on the ground, but that the campaign can use all the help it can."

AC360: Dan Choi and Elaine Donnelly Face off on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


Anderson Cooper took on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" last night, hosting discharged former Lt. Dan Choi and anti-gay crusader Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness. 

As you may remember, Donnelly is the right-wing bigot nutjob assigned to this case. She dutifully brings up the 1,000 signatures of anti-gay retired military officers she presented last March to argue her case.

Responds Choi: "You can go to senior citizens center all the time and collect all the signatures you want, but they are so detached from reality. Those soldiers that are on the ground right now, they know people that are gay in their units...You can spend all the time that you want getting these petitions. But there are gay and lesbian soldiers that are serving right now. They don't have time to collect petitions like you do. And they are serving so they can protect your freedoms, so you can actually say the things that you're doing."


Continue reading "AC360: Dan Choi and Elaine Donnelly Face off on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" »

Patrick Murphy to Hold Special Order Hour on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) will hold a special order hour on the floor of the House today  to speak about the negative impact of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the need to repeal it, according to his office"

Murphy "Congressman Murphy is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would replace DADT with a policy of nondiscrimination throughout every branch of the services. There are currently 176 cosponsors on the bill. Rep. Murphy will be joined by a number of his colleagues on the floor of the House. Special order speeches allow Members of the House of Representatives to speak on any topic they wish for periods of time reserved in advance."

Murphy's speech is scheduled to take place around 9pm (and will be broadcast via C-SPAN) but the time is subject to change.

Murphy, an Iraq war vet, took the lead in advancing legislation to repeal the ban when Rep. Ellen Tauscher moved to a position at the State Dept.

Towleroad readers may also remember Murphy's thrashing of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness' Elaine Donnelly at hearings before the House Armed Services Committee in July 2008. If not, I've re-posted it, AFTER THE  JUMP...

Continue reading "Patrick Murphy to Hold Special Order Hour on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" »

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #524

REP. PATRICK MURPHY: Pam Spaulding interviews the sponsor of legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" at Netroots Nation.

FLASH MOB: Swedish dance group Bounce makes a surprise appearance at an amusement park.

TRANSSEXUALS: Offer some answers.

LIZA MINNELLI: Her recent appearance on Craig Ferguson's late night show.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Towleroad - Blogged