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September 30, 2009

Official Pentagon journal debunks "unit cohesion" as basis for DADT

An official Pentagon journal has published a report calling for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.  The article, entitled, “The Efficacy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’” was written by Col. Om Prakash, and appears in the new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly, a top military journal published for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  According to the article, “there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that unit cohesion will be negatively affected if homosexuals serve openly.” Based on this research, it concludes that the Obama administration should not “reexamine the issue" but instead should "examine how to implement the repeal of the ban.”

Col. Prakash’s study was selected as the first-place winner of the Secretary of Defense National Security Essay competition, which is sponsored by the National Defense University Foundation.  He wrote it while studying at the National Defense University, early in 2009.  Currently he serves in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he is Director of Operations for Industrial Policy.

The Palm Center at UC-Santa Barbara has more.

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Florida Coastal School of Law Symposium: Family, Life, and Legacy Planning Issues for the GLBT Community

The Florida Coastal School of Law and Florida Coastal Law Review would like to announce the topic of the Law Review’s second annual Law Symposium, scheduled for March 5, 2010:

Family, Life, and Legacy Planning Issues for the GLBT Community

The Law Review invites the submission of articles, notes, essays, and other scholarly writing.  We encourage submissions from practitioners, authors, and academia.  The Law Review will select five to seven authors to present their papers and participate in panel discussions within each topic.  Articles by symposium participants will also be included in a special edition of the Florida Coastal Law Review, Symposium Edition, which will be published following the symposium.  

We encourage submissions regarding topics of concern within the GLBT community, such as discrimination, policy changes, social impact, and financial concerns.  Florida Coastal Law Review will consider all proposals for publication even if the proposal is not suitable for this year’s symposium.

Proposals should be in the form of abstracts, not to exceed 500 words, and accompanied by the author’s name, contact information, and CV.  The deadline for submission is December 1, 2009.  Please direct inquiries and submissions to Symposium Manager, Nathan R. Ross, at nathan.r.ross@law.fcsl.edu.  The Law Review prefers electronic submissions; however, submissions may also be mailed to the Law Review Office at:  Florida Coastal Law Review, c/o Symposium Manager, 8787 Baypine Road, Jacksonville, Florida  32256.

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September 28, 2009

Professors Nan Hunter and Jillian Weiss discuss ENDA

The gay blog Bilerico features an audio roundtable with Professors Nan Hunter and Jillian Weiss, together with journalist Kerry Eleveld and blogger Chris Geidner, debating various issues and controversies surrounding LGBT federal employment non-discrimination legislation. 

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September 27, 2009

Williams Institute reports finds widespread discrimination in state employment

A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA finds that

there is a widespread and persistent pattern of unconstitutional discrimination by state governments on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and there is no meaningful difference in the pattern and scope of employment discrimination against LGBT people by state governments compared to the private sector and other public sector employers.  There is also evidence that the list of documented examples that we have compiled far under-represents the actual prevalence of employment discrimination against LGBT people by state and local governments. This finding will support Congress in exercising its authority under Section 5 of the 14th amendment to provide a private right of action for damages under ENDA to state government employees who have suffered discrimination. 

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