Military personnel, during "town hall" meetings with Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have said the proposed lifting of the military gay ban is a change they are prepared to accept without any objections. Meanwhile, a new poll from the Center for American Progress is showing that members of Congress face no backlash from voters if they vote for repeal.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is on track to clear a House committee this month and could get a full vote in March, according to out U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. However, Frank believes Senate passage is less certain for the measure. In other LGBT legislative news, Frank also expressed hope that language to end the military gay ban would be included in this year's defense-authorization bill.
State workers in Virginia are no longer specifically protected from bias based on sexual orientation, under an executive order signed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The governor's Feb. 5 order lists protections for workers based on race, sex, religion and age. McDonnell's two Democratic predecessors signed orders with anti-bias provisions for gay and lesbian workers.
A Feb. 24 appearance at the Stonewall Democratic Club in New York by former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., who is publicly weighing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat in New York held by Kirsten Gillibrand, reportedly will be picketed by an LGBT group calling itself The Power. The possible candidacy of Ford -- who twice voted for a federal marriage ban while representing Tennessee in the House but now says he supports marriage equality -- has raised concerns among some advocates.
Two measures aimed at ending marriage equality in New Hampshire have met their defeats in the state House. A repeal measure of the state's new marriage-equality law on Wednesday was defeated by a 210-109 vote, while a second bill for a proposed constitutional marriage ban lost by a 201-135 vote.