July 2009 Blueprints in Brief

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Blueprints in Brief, July 2009

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LEGAL MEMO: SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CAN MODIFY ENFORCEMENT OF GAY BAN

Secretary of DefenseIn response to the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates' statement saying he wanted to find "a more humane way to apply the law," the Palm Center released a legal memo outlining the Pentagon's flexibility. Options range from retaining targeted service members to requiring investigation for homosexual conduct only with prior approval of the Defense Secretary. (Read more.)


OTHER PALM CENTER NEWS

Mark GlazeThe Palm Center welcomes Mark Glaze as its newest member of the Board of Directors. He is a principal with the Raben Group in Washington, D.C. (Read more.) We are happy to sponsor the scholarship of these recent fellowship recipients (read more) and are always grateful for the ongoing support of our donors (read more).

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SEVENTY SEVEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS URGE OBAMA TO SUSPEND GAY BAN

Seal of House of RepresentativesOn June 22, 2009 Seventy seven members of congress sent a letter to the White House calling for a halt to gay discharges. The letter also envisions legislative repeal. While some members of Congress pressure the President to take action, some Senators are considering a moratorium on gay discharges as part of the 2010 defense authorization bill. (Read more.)

SCHOLARS REACT TO DEATH OF AUGUST PROVOST

Navy PlaneA U.S. sailor was shot while on duty at a San Diego base and his family believes it was a hate crime - he was being harassed for being gay. Two Palm bloggers Nathaniel Frank and Jeanne Scheper added their perspectives to this issue in recent blog posts.

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