News Roundup: July 15, 2011

Headlines around the web – July 15, 2011 [Will be updated throughout the day]

    Justice Department seeks to keep enforcing 'don't ask, don't tell' for now (here via LA Times) - “The Justice Department argued that the government wants to stick with the timetable set in last year's congressional action to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." It provides a grace period for retraining to integrate gay service members, and a 60-day evaluation to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness.”

    California to Require Gay History in Schools (here via NY Times) - “As expected, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill on Thursday that mandates that the contributions of gays and lesbians in the state and the country be included in social science instruction and in textbooks. School districts will have until next January to begin implementing the new law, which was also promoted in part as a way to combat bullying of gay and lesbian students.”

    Calif. Becomes First State to Force Gay History Teaching Into Classrooms (here via Christian Post) - “However, the bill has caught the ire of churches and parents who feel that such instruction would expose students to a subject that many disagree with. They believe the children should not be obligated to attend the classes. Education Analyst Candi Cushman of Citizen Link, a Focus on the Family affiliate, said earlier, “If parents are concerned that this curriculum conflicts with their religious beliefs, or if they feel their child isn’t psychologically ready to handle the issue, then they should have first amendment rights and be able to opt out.”

    Gay couples in legal limbo with immigration (here via LA Times) - “Married same-sex couples find their commitment has no standing in the eyes of immigration agents when one partner isn't a citizen. The Obama administration says their cases are a low priority, but that doesn't always prevent deportation.”

    Marcus Bachmann defends clinic's methods on gay patients (here via USA Today) - “In an interview with the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Marcus Bachmann addressed reports featuring details from a secretly recorded videotape that purportedly show a gay patient being counseled that prayer would cure him of his sexual orientation. The video was part of an ABC News story earlier this week, and referred to in a recent story in The Nation. "We don't have an agenda or philosophy of trying to change someone," he told the Minneapolis newspaper.”

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