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Furor fades a year after military's gay ban lifted
By DAVID CRARY
AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's been a year now since the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the U.S. military to serve openly.
The Pentagon says the repeal has gone smoothly, with no adverse effect on morale, unit cohesion, recruitment or military readiness.
Some critics persist with complaints that repeal has infringed on service members whose religious faiths condemn homosexuality. Instances of anti-gay harassment have not ended. And activists are frustrated that gay and lesbian military families don't yet enjoy the benefits and services extended to other military families.
Yet the clear consensus is that repeal has succeeded -- producing far more joy and relief than dismay and indignation. The Pentagon credits rigorous training before repeal, and tough enforcement of new standards.
Posted: Sunday, September 16 2012, 12:21 PM CDT
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Obama opposes GOP bill on Keystone XL oil pipeline
May 21, 2013 19:49 GMT
By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The White House said Tuesday that the bill "seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes" by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. The legislation also says no new environmental studies are needed.
House Republicans say the bill is needed to ensure the long-delayed pipeline is built. The project, which first was proposed in 2008, would carry oil extracted from tar sands in western Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Opponents say the pipeline would carry "dirty oil" that could trigger global warming, while supporters say it would create jobs and bolster North American energy resources.
A House vote is expected Wednesday.
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