U.S. and South Africa Sign HIV/AIDS AgreementHillary Rodham Clinton and Maite Nkoana Mashabane

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane have signed a Partnership Framework that will guide future efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

The Partnership Framework under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) provides a five-year joint strategic plan of cooperation among the Government of South Africa, the U.S. Government and other stakeholders and was signed on Dec. 14.

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SVV Member Named Plaintiff In DADT Reinstatement LawsuitAnthony Loverde

A new complaint has been filed against the United States government in federal court asking for the reinstatement of three servicemembers who were discharged under DADT, including one servicemember with ties to Sacramento.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), and Morrison & Foerster LLP filed the complaint on behalf of three plaintiffs named in the complaint, including Anthony Loverde, a member of the Sacramento Valley Veterans.

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Holiday Shopping - That's what we are doin'!shop

Well, this time of year always brings out the shopper in us, doesn’t it? And now with the fabulous tax breaks extended for two more years, we should all have lots of disposable income to play with!

Read more: The December 9 Issue is now available


Addressing Religion Based BigotryMitchell Gold

Commentary by Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out

In the 1980's Mitchell Gold moved with his business partner Bob Williams from New York City to rural North Carolina to start a furniture company. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams became incredibly successful and Gold turned his efforts to philanthropy and gay activism.

The move to the south made it abundantly clear that the main obstacle to LGBT equality was resistance by people of faith. Bible verses were routinely cherry picked and used like clubs to cause a significant amount of damage - particularly to youth who were most vulnerable to anti-gay rhetoric.

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Slugfest on Gay Marriage (and Standing) at 9th Circuit

Commentary by Nan Hunter

The long-awaited oral argument in Perry v. Schwarzenegger just concluded before the Ninth Circuit, and we all now enter what I expect will become an even longer awaited decision.  Who won? To my hearing (via radio), it's hard to imagine that any judge's inclination on the merits of whether Prop 8 is constitutional was altered by the arguments they heard. The argument may have had a bigger impact on how the court will rule (or defer ruling) on standing than on their view of the merits.

Judges Reinhardt, Hawkins and Smith peppered both sides with sharp questions, and both sides acquitted themselves well. With a caveat that I'm writing without time for reflection, here are the main points that the argument brought to light:

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