The Defense Department on Friday issued a moratorium on discharges of gay and lesbian military personnel under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. The moratorium came after a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the permanent injunction against enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” originally awarded by Judge Virginia Phillips in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States.
Also on Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to attach a measure to the Defense Appropriations Bill that would block funds to train Chaplain Corps on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and would prevent military chaplains from performing marriages for same-sex couples, especially on Navy bases. The sponsor of the amendment, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), claimed he wanted to ensure that “America’s military bases are not used to advance a narrow social agenda.”
Following Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) announcement that she had signed an anti-gay pledge authored by the Iowa FAMiLY LEADER, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and said he had also signed the pledge, which includes language claiming that being gay is a choice. Republican former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson released a statement criticizing the “offensive” pledge.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked former Minnesota Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty about recent comments he made about his affinity for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Gregory asked Pawlenty if he believed being gay is a choice, and Pawlenty answered, “Well, I defer to the scientists in that regard.” When pushed further, Pawlenty said, “There’s no scientific conclusion that it’s genetic. We don’t know that.”
The Associated Press reported that beginning this month, the city of Cambridge will be the first municipality in the country to pay gay and lesbian public employees a stipend to offset costs of a federal tax on certain protections for their spouses.
Also in Massachusetts, the Boston Globe reported that nearly 700 people attended a Mass held by the Rainbow Ministry of St. Cecilia’s Church in support of gay and lesbian Catholics.
The Boston Globe also ran a piece by Sen. John Kerry, who wrote about the positions some politicians have on marriage equality. Kerry specifically examined President Obama, who has famously said his position is evolving. Kerry wrote, “There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging you’ve changed your mind when your views have evolved. Don’t we pride ourselves on learning by living? Muhammad Ali, said it best: ‘The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.’’’