Gay rights proponents gathered in Nepal this weekend to call for their inclusion in a new constitution being drafted for the country, the Associated Press reports. The constitution could include equal rights for sexual minorities. And supporters used the occasion of the traditional festival of Gaijatra, which honors the dead, to bring their campaign to Narayanghat. The rally couldn’t be missed in the rural town, with the march reportedly led by two decorated elephants. And bands played music to help draw people into the streets. The Associated Press reports that LGBT people have felt more comfortable being open about their sexuality in the cities than in rural areas like Narayanghat, so the event marked a milestone in acceptance.
Turns out that it wouldn’t be hard to do, legal experts say. That’s because the law repealing the ban that President Obama signed last December did not expressly order the Pentagon to allow openly gay or lesbian troops in the armed forces. Congress merely laid out a process under which the ban could be lifted. Under that process, the president, secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had to certify that repeal would not undermine recruiting, retention, morale and other indicators of what is commonly called military readiness.
Kathy Griffin has, over the past few years, been a persistent thorn in the side of the Palin family, pulling public stunts, taking out Levi Johnston to events and making jokes about Sarah and Bristol a regular part of her stand-up repertoire. Now, with a new religious ultraconservative woman taking the spotlight, the comedienne has a new target in her sights. Appearing on “Conan” Monday night, Griffin recalled the time she met Bachmann in Washington while researching for her rally to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Woodridge man allegedly kills dad with weed trimmer
A Woodridge man accused of beating his father to death with a weed trimmer will undergo a psychological evaluation after he blurted out bizarre, nonsensical answers Monday during his first court hearing. “When did you last work?” DuPage County Judge John Demling asked 21-year-old Yashesh Desai at one point during his bond hearing. “The beginning of time, maybe,” answered Desai, who appeared via a video link from the DuPage County Jail.