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October 21st, 2010
08:52 AM ET

Lt. Dan Choi to Obama on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' latest: 'You have lost my trust '

Lt. Dan Choi, the Army National Guard discharged for being gay, and spokesman for Knights Out, reacts on American Morning to the Obama Administration’s blocking of a court decision that would allow gays and lesbians to serve openly.

Watch what he has to say about senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett's comments earlier on American Morning.

What do you think of the military's  "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy?

Filed under: American Morning • Gay Rights • Military
October 19th, 2010
10:31 PM ET

The Teaser for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

6:24AM Dr. Freya Schnabel, Director of Breast Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, on hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Could it do more harm than good?

6:40AM Paul Callan, Professor of Media Law, Seton Hall University, on teachers using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to interact with their students.  Where does it draw the line?

7:20AM Amanda Gengler, Writer, Money Magazine, on choosing the best insurance plans for you and your family during open enrollment season.

7:40AM Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Senior Legal Analyst, on the military accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in the nation’s history. Could that change?

8:40AM Joey Mazzarino, Head Writer, Sesame Street, on the song  that’s become a viral hit,  “I Love My Hair", inspired by his adopted daughter from Ethiopia.

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Filed under: Facebook • Gay Rights • Health care • Pop Culture
August 5th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Legal battle on same-sex marriage far from over

A Prop 8 opponent holds a sign referencing attorney David Boise during a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn Prop 8 August 4, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – Supporters of same-sex marriage are overjoyed by the overturning of Proposition 8. In a 136-page decision handed down yesterday, a federal judge declared California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. While same-sex marriage supporters won this battle, legal experts point out that the war over this divisive issue in California, and across the nation, is far from over. Watch Video

Filed under: Gay Rights
July 8th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Pentagon sends out 'don't ask, don't tell' survey

Lt. Dan Choi, a graduate of West Point, takes part in the 39th annual gay pride parade June 28, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)

(CNN) – The Pentagon on Wednesday began sending out to troops a survey of more than 100 questions seeking their views on the impact of repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" restrictions prohibiting gays and lesbians from openly serving in the U.S. military. An administration official confirmed to CNN that the survey is being sent to 200,000 active duty troops and 200,000 reserve troops. The official declined to be identified because the survey has not officially been made public. Our Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr breaks it down for us. Watch Video


Filed under: Gay Rights • Military
May 25th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Vote as early as Thursday on DADT agreement

(CNN) – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, President Obama and possibly the military are coming together on a deal to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Three members of Congress have a plan laid out, but now the ball is in the Pentagon's court. Our Barbara Starr joined us on Tuesday morning to break it all down.

Filed under: Gay Rights • Military
April 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Obama: Allow hospital visits for gays

(CNN) - President Obama has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners.

The president's Thursday memo said, "There are few moments in our lives that call for greater compassion and companionship than when a loved one is admitted to the hospital. ... Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides."

Gay and lesbian Americans are "uniquely affected" by relatives-only policies at hospitals, Obama said, adding that they "are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives - unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated."

When Lisa Pond collapsed during a family vacation in Florida three years ago, her partner of 17 years was kept away from her hospital room.

Janice Langbehn begged and waited for hours to stand by Pond's bedside at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital, but it wasn't until her partner's sister arrived that she got any information. In the end, the person Pond was closest to was relegated to a waiting room as she died from an aneurysm. FULL STORY

Filed under: Gay Rights
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