Civil Rights

Obama administration shows lack of respect for privacy (Rep. Jason Chaffetz)

The federal government – and this Administration in particular – seems to suffer paranoid schizophrenia with regard to privacy issues.  When it comes to the American people, no level of scrutiny is sufficient to secure our safety.  A federal government increasingly suspicious of everyone wants to look closer at our private lives, examining our bodies, our homes, our cars, and our businesses.  But when we the people want to know what our government is doing, the Administration sees no such need for transparency.

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DADT is on its last unconstitutional leg

Yesterday was a sad day for our men and women in uniform and every American whose freedom they fight to protect. Senator John McCain led the Republicans in a game of partisan politics in filibustering the annual defense bill and won – for now.

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Cheap political stunts should not hold up repeal of DADT

Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to thwart the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an historic provision to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, before the mid-term elections? It sure appears that way judging by the stunts being pulled with this very important piece of annual legislation.

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Repealing "Don't ask,don't tell" is the right choice

Over the last two days, the LGBT direct action civil rights group GetEQUAL has partnered with H.E.R.O. - an Arizona-based grassroots group of community organizers -- and Sanctuary Project Veterans -- a ministry advocating for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) -- to pressure key decision-makers standing in the way of repealing DADT, the ban on lesbians and gays serving openly in the military.

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The GOP is abandoning the fight for family values

Last week, Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi became the most recent high-profile Republican to argue that his party needs to avoid social issues and, as he put it in a breakfast with reporters, stop “using up valuable time and resources that could be used to talk to people about what they care about.”

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The Senate’s call to action on ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

For the past seventeen years since President Bill Clinton’s signature, our armed forces have had their hands tied with a policy that inhibits recruitment, retention and readiness—10 USC Sec. 654, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Now, it is the Senate that can end the waste of resources that prop up an unfounded and unconstitutional policy.

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Reid my lips: no forgiveness if no NDAA in September

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a stark choice to make. He can schedule the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for floor time and a vote during this Senate work period or he can take sole personal responsibility for continuing to put the lives and livelihoods of gay troops at risk by pushing off the authorization bill, which includes a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal provision, into the free-for-all lame duck session.

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End birthright citizenship (Rep. Phil Gingrey)

Controversy surrounding illegal immigration has been topping recent news headlines, as thousands of people continue to pour across our borders unlawfully each year.  This is of particular concern to me, as Georgia is home to more illegals – nearly 450,000 – than the state of Arizona.  One aspect of the immigration debate on which lawmakers can all agree is that our current system is broken and in dire need of reform.  But surprisingly, the latest disconnect centers around what should be a very simple question – does being born in the United States automatically constitute citizenship?  For decades, the statue defining citizenship has been a point of contention.  It is long past time to clear up the ambiguity.

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