This morning, there are two hearings in Senate Committees that impact the LGBT community.
UPDATE from Armed Services: Kerry reports:
Hearing ends, no further #DADT questions. Only GOP DADT mention was McCain. 3 questions from Dems. Stanley noncommittal, as expected.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Clifford Stanley, who will serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness in the Department of Defense. In that role, Stanley will oversee whatever happens to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The Armed Services live broadcast of the committee is here. Even better, Kerry Eleveld is live-tweeting this hearing. The questions relating to DADT have already started.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is holding a hearing on the nomination of Chai Feldblum to be a commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The right-wingers, using their GOP lackeys on the committee, are expecting to launch a homophobic assault on Feldblum, a highly accomplished attorney and legal scholar who is also openly gay. The hearing is being broadcast here.