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SLDN Week in Review: February 20-24, 2012

DADT Bill in Oklahoma Defeated. This week, SLDN and our allies beat back an effort in the state of Oklahoma aimed at reinstating the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law for the Oklahoma National Guard. To read more, click here.

But we can't rest yet. There are already efforts underway to attach the provision as an amendment to a number of other bills making their way through the state legislature there. SLDN will remain in close coordination with our allies on the ground in Oklahoma until the legislative session concludes to ensure these are also defeated.

Sussman Receives Award for DADT Repeal Work. Former SLDN Government Affairs Co-Director Emily Tisch Sussman was in New York City this week to receive the Cardozo School of Law OUTLaw Alumni Award given annually to a graduate who makes significant contributions to the LGBT community. SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis delivered the keynote. To read the news release, including a link to the text of full remarks by Aubrey Sarvis, click here.

CW2 Charlie Morgan Returns from "Bucket List" Trip to Hawaii. CW2 Charlie Morgan and her family returned from a trip to Hawaii this week, thanks to the generosity of OutServe, which organized and sponsored the "bucket list" trip for her. CW2 Morgan is battling incurable stage IV breast cancer and is a plaintiff in SLDN's lawsuit on behalf of married gay and lesbian service members and veterans seeking equal recognition, benefits, and family support. The Advocate covered her trip, and you can see an online photo album here.

Assistant Defense Secretary Doug Wilson Announces Retirement. Assistant Secretary of Defense Doug Wilson, a key Pentagon ally in the fight to repeal DADT, announced his retirement on Thursday. To read more, click here.

By Zeke Stokes, SLDN Communications Director |