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Ian S.
Thompson

Ian Thompson (@iantDCis a Legislative Representative in the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. In this capacity, Thompson works to advance the organization’s civil liberties and civil rights agenda in Congress and the executive branch by focusing on LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and sex education. Prior to joining the ACLU in January 2006, Thompson interned in the Washington, D.C., office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). A 2005 graduate of Penn State University, Thompson holds a degree in International Politics.

DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

DADT Repeal Bills Await Congressional Action

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:20pm

The Senate is about to vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The bill has already passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority.  There is simply no excuse for further delay."

The Struggle to Repeal DADT Continues

The Struggle to Repeal DADT Continues

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:48pm

Last week, the U.S. Senate tried — and failed — to begin debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, preventing the repeal of the discriminatory and unconstitutional "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy from advancing in the Senate — despite the support of a majority of senators and the personal pleas of President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen.

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

DADT Hearing Day 2: Repeal as a "Nonevent"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 6:40pm

The second day of landmark hearings in the Senate Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon’s just-released report on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) saw testimony from much of the uniformed leadership of the armed forces,…

DADT Repeal – The Clock is Ticking

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:56am

Over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the Associated Press that he would like to see Congress act to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during the upcoming lame duck session, but that "I'm not sure what the prospects…

DADT Ruling Represents a Legal Milestone — Legislative Triumph Awaits

DADT Ruling Represents a Legal Milestone — Legislative Triumph Awaits

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:08pm

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued a worldwide injunction banning enforcement of the discriminatory and counterproductive policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). Tuesday's order followed a September ruling…

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

Being Gay in the Military is a "Private Hell" Under DADT

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:30pm

The New York Times' "At War" blog on Monday released the stories of seven current and former service members and their experiences in the military under the discriminatory and counterproductive "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)…

President Obama — Now is the Time to Lead on Marriage Fairness

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 11:08am

Wednesday's landmark decision by U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker striking down California's Proposition 8 as an unconstitutional violation of the rights of gay and lesbian couples provided President Obama and his administration with the perfect…

Army Comic Book Highlights the Absurdity of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:09pm

Earlier this week, the online collection Comics with Problems released the ironically titled "Dignity and Respect: A Training Guide on Homosexual Conduct Policy." The colorful, wordy comic from 2001 was published by the Army to educate…

Gays in the Military: Blah, Blah, Blah

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:58pm

Obviously it will mark an important milestone in the long road of equality and justice when the day finally arrives when gay men and lesbians can serve their country openly and with pride. That gay and lesbian service members are currently forced…

A Good Day for Juvenile Justice Reform in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:44pm

Earlier this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the key federal juvenile justice law – the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This landmark law has provided states and localities across the country…

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