This is HUGE GAY WEEK for LGBT issues. Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner sums up what to expect:
This week and next, efforts aimed at stopping discrimination in two of the most traditionally conservative (and heterosexual) of institutions – marriage and the military – will be front and center.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Pentagon is set to release the report produced by the Pentagon working group that has been tasked with examining ”the issues associated with properly implementing a repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.” Two days after the report’s release, on Dec. 2, SASC Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has asked Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to return to the committee – along with the co-chairs of the working group – to testify about the report.
On Dec. 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is slated to hear oral arguments in the appeal of one of those cases: Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the challenge to the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The arguments, which are slated to last two hours with a brief recess in the middle, will be televised live on C-SPAN.