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SLDN Week in Review: March 26-30, 2012

Doug Wilson Retires. This week, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson, an advocate inside the Pentagon for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, retired from his post. SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis was on hand for Thursday's ceremony featuring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. To read Aubrey's blog about the event, click here.

SLDN Client to Keynote History-Making Norwich University Event. Norwich University in Vermont, the nation's oldest private military academy, is making news this week as it holds its first-ever Gay Pride Week. On Saturday evening, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, a plaintiff in SLDN's landmark litigation on behalf of married gay and lesbian service members and veterans, will keynote the week's culminating event, a prom hosted by the campus LGBTQ club. For more information, click here.

Meanwhile, we learned that Speaker of the House John Boehner has spent $742,000 so far defending the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) through his Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), including his expected intervention in SLDN's case, McLaughlin v. U.S. To read more, click here.

Latest Edition of OutServe Magazine Now Available. The first-anniversary edition of the OutServe magazine was published this week and is available for viewing and download online. It features a piece on chaplains co-authored by SLDN Board Member Tom Carpenter, as well as several references to our ongoing work in various other sections of the magazine. To get your copy, click here

By Zeke Stokes, SLDN Communications Director |