Even as right-wing social cons gloat about gay marriage defeats in California and Maine (telling us that americans are "rejecting the militant gay agenda"), I'm noticing a whole swirl of gay-positive news this week. A couple hours ago, this from the Associated Press: Mormons throw support behind gay-rights cause It looked like a stunning reversal: the same church that helped defeat gay marriage in California standing with gay-rights activists on an anti-discrimination law in its own backyard. On Tuesday night, after a series of clandestine meetings between local gay-rights backers and Mormons in Salt Lake City, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it would support proposed city laws that would prohibit discrimination against gays in housing and employment. The ordinances passed and history was made: It marked the first time the Salt Lake City-based church had supported gay-rights legislation. Mormons throw support behind gay-rights cause - Yahoo! News Now, no, they are not supporting gay marriage. It's not a huge deal. But ths is the first ever (as far as I know) support the Mormon Church has publicly expressed for gay rights. -- You know, baby steps... -------------------- From today's Advocate: DADT Likely to Be Part of Defense Bill Repealing dont ask, dont tell will likely be included as part of next years Department of Defense authorization bill in both chambers of Congress, Congressman Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday. Military issues are always done as part of the overall authorization bill, Frank said, insisting that this has been the strategy for overturning the policy all along. 'Dont ask, dont tell' was always going to be part of the military authorization. Frank said he has been in direct communication with the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosis office, and other congressional leaders about the strategy for ending the 1993 ban on gays serving openly in the military. DADT Likely to Be Part of Defense Bill | News | Advocate.com Ok, I'm not wild about the way they're going about this, but -- Remember that Matthew Shepard Bill that just passed (hate crimes legislation)? To ensure passage, it was tacked on to the end of a $680 billion defense bill (this provides skittish lawmakers with political "cover"). At any rate, a repeal of DADT is planned for next year -- to be tacked on to the end of the NEXT multi-billion dollar defense appropriations bill. Ho-hum, but at least it's progress, I suppose.... -------------------- I posted a comment yesterday that bears repeating: AMA votes to seek repeal of dont ask, dont tell Associated Press CHICAGO The American Medical Association today voted to oppose the militarys dont ask, dont tell policy, and declared that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities. The nations largest doctors group stopped short of saying it would seek to overturn marriage bans, but its new stance angered conservative activists and provides a fresh boost to lobbying efforts by gay-rights advocates. HeraldNet: AMA votes to seek repeal of dont ask, dont tell It wasn't DADT that caught my eye here. It was the AMA's support for gay marriage. And the wording: that gay marriage holds health benefits for gay couples (just as cons claim that traditional marriage holds health benefits for straight couples). And that the Medical Industry is going to take a political stand supporting health benefits. -------------------- Also, as I've noted elsewhere, marriage equality has 47.5% support in Maine, 48% support in California (though these referenda lost), and Washington state passed its "Anything but Marriage" Domestic Partnership law, via referendum, last Tuesday (11/3). The culture is in the process of change right now, in these years, these months. I'm noticing it all around us.