Weekly Political Roundup

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  • A 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel issued an order that the Defense Department stop enforcing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). The order lifts an injunction against an earlier ruling to halt DADT.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice made the first legal filing in the country in which they have fully argued to a court that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.
  • The Department of Justice withdrew its challenge to an attempted joint bankruptcy petition filed by a married gay couple in California, and says it will no longer seek to dismiss such petitions by married same-sex couples.
  • The U.S. House voted to withhold funds for DADT repeal training for military chaplains. It also voted to prohibit chaplains from performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples on military bases, even in states where it would be legal.

Around the world:

  • The Council of Europe has issued a thorough report on the legal and social status of LGBT people in Europe. Nan Hunter has a good summary; the full report is here.
  • A Jamaican lesbian has been granted asylum in the U.K.