WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to talk about the "Don't ask, don't tell" rule that bars openly gay Americans from serving in the military during his State of the Union address this week, a senior lawmaker said on Monday.

During his 2008 campaign for the presidency, Obama vowed to end the rule discriminating against gays and he renewed that pledge in a speech last year.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  The federal laws that prevent gays from serving openly in the military and the government from recognizing same-sex relationships are examples of ``legally enforced discrimination,'' a political scientist testified in a federal trial challenging California's ban on gay marriages.

The assertion by Claremont McKenna College professor Kenneth Miller came as he was being cross-examined Monday on his testimony that gays in California enjoy substantial political power as a result of nearly unanimous support from high-ranking elected officials, labor unions, newspapers, corporations and progressive religious groups.

With the blessing of her large extended family, Vanessa Alenier took custody of an infant relative who had been seized by child welfare workers. She moved him into a yellow nursery with a blond wood crib, a blue-striped carpet and a mobile.

When she asked the state to for permission to adopt him, the application included a simple question.

Are you gay?

Daily updates on the California Proposition 8 Trial.


Day 1 - January 11, 2010 - Opening Statements, Plaintiff's Testimony, Professor Nancy Cott Testimony, Temporary Supreme Court Order Banning Video - Read Transcript

Day 2 - January 12, 2010 - Professor George Chauncey Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 3 - January 13, 2010 - Supreme Court Order Banning Video, Psychologist Anne Peplau Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 4 - January 14, 2010 - Edmund Egan Testimony, Ilan Meyer Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 5 - January 15, 2010 - Dr. Michael Lamb Testimony, Helen Zia Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 6 - January 19, 2010 - Jerry Sanders Testimony, Professor M.V. Lee Badgett Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 7 - January 20, 2010 - Judge Walker allows testimony from dropped Prop 8 witnesses, Ryan Kendall Testimony, Professor Gary Segura Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 8 - January 21, 2010 - Professor Gary Segura Cross-Examination, Dr. Tam Testimony - Read Transcript

Day 9 - January 22, 2010- Dr. Gregory Herek Testimony & Cross-Examinatin- Read Transcript

Day 10 - January 25, 2010- Plaintiffs Close Case, Defendant Witness Prof. Kenneth Miller Testimony- Read Transcript

Day 11 - January 26, 2010- Prof. Kenneth Miller Cross-Examination, David Blankenhorn Testimony- Read Transcript

Day 12 - January 27, 2010- Final Day of Testimony, David Blankenhorn Cross-Examination- Read Transcript

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (AP) The ex-wife of New Jersey’s gay ex-governor is opposed to same-sex marriage.

Dina Matos (MAY'-tohs) told The Daily Record of Parsippany that the state Senate did the right thing when it defeated gay marriage legislation.

Matos is best known for standing by the side of then-Gov. Jim McGreevey when he declared in 2004 that he was a "gay American." They divorced in 2008.

Local Leaders React Angrily

On January 7th, the New Jersey State Senate voted down a measure to make the Garden State the nation’s sixth to permit same-sex marriages. The deci- sion led to sharp local reaction in South Florida.

George Castrataro, a Wilton Manors attorney who once headed the Broward Human Rights Initiative observed that, “Time and again, it’s been an uphill battle. You’ve seen in every instance a huge mobilization by the op- position, and that’s tough to overcome.”

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