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SLDN Week in Review: April 9-13, 2012

SLDN Seeks to Expedite McLaughlin v. U.S. This week, SLDN filed a new motion in its case challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and three other federal statutes that prevent equal recognition and benefits for gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families. The motion sought to establish a deadline for intervention by Speaker John Boehner's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) but was denied by the court on Thursday. Said SLDN Legal Director David McKean: "While we were hoping to expedite BLAG's decision to intervene or not, we nonetheless expect that the Speaker's attorneys will seek to intervene shortly and the case will move forward once the stay is lifted on April 28." For more on this, click here.

It's Time to Honor All Military Families. This week, SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis published a new piece on Huffington Post, praising the White House for its inclusion of LGBT service members, veterans, and their families in its outreach efforts since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." However, Sarvis points out that until laws like DOMA are repealed, there can be no equality for all military families. Read his post here.

Joining Forces...and Moving Forward. Meanwhile, SLDN Government Affairs Director Jeremy Wilson-Simerman attended the one-year anniversary celebration of Joining Forces, the initiative founded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to honor military families. Click here to read about his trip to the White House Wednesday and his conversations with the First Lady and Dr. Biden regarding SLDN's work on behalf of LGBT military families.

SLDN Announces 2012 LGBT Pride Schedule. On Thursday, SLDN released its schedule of LGBT Pride Festival appearances across the country in 2012. Click here to see the schedule and volunteer to help in your community.

By Zeke Stokes, SLDN Communications Director |