The SameSexSunday Skype chat room is in full celebration mode after the passage of the bill repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the Senate Saturday, December 18. Our special double round table episode starts out with a year-in-review and look forward to 2011 with some of our frequent guests: Bilerico Editorial Advisory Board member, Michael Crawford; National News Editor for the EDGE Media Network, Michael Lavers; Bilerico, Change.org and Keen News Service contributor and founder of Mombian, Dana Rudolph; and the National Director of Americans for Democratic Action, the country's oldest progressive organization, super ally Michael J. Wilson.
The six of us discussed what constituted victory for LGBT equality in 2010: everything from bullying bills to civil unions in Illinois to marriage in Washington DC. Not to mention wins in the courts. We also discussed all that's just over the horizon in Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and more.
For our second panel we assembled some of our most brilliant "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" experts to discuss what was behind Saturday's whirlwind repeal cloture vote of 63-33 and subsequent passage of 65-31, as well as what lies ahead in the battle to end discharges of lesbian and gay service members. Joining Joe and myself was Field and Development Director of Servicemembers United, Jarrod Chlapowski; senior political writer for MetroWeekly in DC, Chris Geidner; Programs Director for Log Cabin Republicans, Casey Pick; and Co-Director of active duty servicemembers network, OutServe, JD Smith.
In a SameSexSunday exclusive, when Joe asked Casey whether or not Log Cabin Republicans would keep pursuing LCR v USA - the Federal court case that found DADT unconstitutional just a few months ago, and stopped discharge proceedings for 200 hours thanks to Judge Virginia Phillips' worldwide injunction - Casey revealed that LCR was committed to seeing this case through until the discharges stopped. LCR Executive Director R Clarke Cooper confirmed this to Karen Ocamb Saturday as well.
Listen to the whole show below the fold.