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Ellen Bethea sat alongside her husband's hospital bed after doctors told her that Archie, the man she had been married to for almost five decades, wouldn't make it.

"As soon as everybody else was asleep and I was sitting there with him, he passed on," she remembers. "So I think he kind of waited for me to be with him."

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Nov 16, 2010

The current U.S. policy toward gays in the military is being challenged in the courts and in Congress. Arguments for and against lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military, with Human Rights Campaign (HRC) deputy legislative director David Stacy, Stars and Stripes reporter Leo Shane and retired Marine staff sergeant Eric Alva, the first soldier wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom, who is gay.

Special interest groups send policy issue questionnaires to political candidates and often don’t get a response. Political strategists and special interest groups discuss why on this episode of All Sides with Ann Fisher, with American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) vice president for government affairs Jim Dickson, Ability Center of Greater Toledo public policy director Sue Hetrick, Republican strategist Bob Clegg and Mellman Group president/CEO Mark Mellman.