Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Must Read: Military Starts Taking Gay Recruits; Gay Marriage Backers Go for Quick Win

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. The Pentagon announced that it’s accepting openly gay recruits for military service for the first time in the nation’s history, following a decision by a California federal judge to overturn “don’t ask, don’t tell,” AP reports. Military recruiters, however, are warning gay enlistees that the new policy might change if the Obama administration’s appeal of the judge’s ruling is successful. Yesterday, federal Judge Virginia Phillips denied the Justice Department’s request to stay her order that overturned DADT until the appeals process is over.

2. Gay marriage supporters have decided to seek a quick resolution to the federal appeals case involving Proposition 8, arguing in court that the anti-gay-marriage side has no right to appeal a lower court ruling that found the measure unconstitutional, the Chron reports. If the Ninth Circuit agrees, then gay marriage will become legal in California — but the ruling won’t extend to other states.

3. California community colleges are failing to advance students toward degrees, the Chron reports, citing a new study by researches at Sacramento State University. Researchers found that only about 30 percent of community college students who seek to transfer to four-year schools or seek associate or vocational degrees are successful.

4. Were Meg Whitman and Arnold Schwarzenegger separated at birth? Jerry Brown says so, and the Chron notes that Whitman has been voicing some of the same themes that Schwarzenegger did during his first run for governor in 2003. That should come as no surprise because several of Schwarzenegger’s advisors are now working for her.

5. Was the firefighter and police union hatchet job on Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin the work of former city kingmaker Darrell Reese? The Chron notes that McLaughlin and others suspect it was. But Reese, the ex-Richmond firefighters’ union chief and longtime purveyor of blood sport politics, says he’s retired.

6. And Ikea’s plan to open a new warehouse in a residential neighborhood was nixed unanimously last night by the Emeryville City Council, the Trib reports.

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