Military board recommends discharge of Lt. Dan Choi for violating DADT

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Lt. Dan ChoUnfortunately, this is not a surprise.

A military administrative board has recommended a discharge for Lt. Dan Choi who violated the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy by coming out on the Rachel Maddow Show last March. From

A four-officer panel meeting at Hancock Air Base notified Choi at about 5 p.m. that it would recommend he be discharged because he has publicly said he is gay.

The recommendation now goes to Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller of the First Army Division, and Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, who will make the final decision.

“Today was a setback for me,” Choi said at a 6:10 p.m. news conference. “I got in trouble for saying three words. ‘I am gay.'”

But he said he refuses to lie about being involved in a relationship with another man. Choi said the relationship has made him a better person, a better Christian and a better officer.

Choi, an Arabic-speaking officer who served for 15 months in Iraq as a member of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division before joining a New York National Guard unit based in Manhattan, said he would appeal to the higher-ranking officers to stay in the National Guard.

And an update from tonight’s Rachel Maddow Show:

The discharge process may take up to one year, and Choi may lose veteran benefits as a result.

Keith Olbermann on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell… “President is goddamned wrong”

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Olbermann on DADTStrong words from Keith Olbermann on the controversial Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy as he interviews columnist Dan Savage about the LGBT reception held at the White House yesterday and the overall lack of progress on LGBT issues. Watch:

Minnesota Supreme Court declares Al Franken the winner

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Al FrankenOver six months and millions of dollars later Al Franken has finally been declared the winner over Norm Coleman by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Minnesota’s second Senate seat has remained open since last year’s bitterly contested election. Watch:

It is unclear if Coleman will appeal to federal court.

Obama at LGBT Pride reception: “Welcome to your White House”

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White House LGBT ReceptionPresident Obama hosted a reception yesterday at the White House celebrating LGBT Pride month and commemorating the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Speaking before a crowd of nearly 300 people, Obama spoke at some length on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Matthew Shepard Act and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

President Obama’s remarks in full below…

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