· In first meeting since the presidential election, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain vow to work together on the financial crisis, energy, national security and "change the bad habits of Washington."
· More than 100 retired generals and admirals call for repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gays so they can serve openly. "As is the case with Great Britain, Israel, and other nations that allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender, religion, and sexuality," the officers wrote.
· Just in case the Jamaican gays and lesbians aren't deterred by the lynch mobs and routine attacks: The upper house of the Jamaican parliament debates legislation to define marriage as between a man and a woman only. Senator Basil Waite proposes to legislate the nation's "preferred family options" to "prevent homosexual unions."
· California Attorney General Jerry Brown urges the California Supreme Court to "review lawsuits that seek to overturn Proposition 8" but "it's in the 'public interest' to let the gay-marriage ban take effect while lawsuits are reviewed."
· Via Wilshire & Washington: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger tells ABC News he believes marriage is between a man and a woman but "I don't want to force my will on anyone." The governor predicts the California Supreme Court will reject Proposition 8 .
· Happy holidays from right-wing, anti-gay Focus on the Family! After "pumping more than half a million dollars into the successful effort to pass a gay-marriage ban in California", the Colorado Springs-based ministry and media empire will lay off 20 percent of its workforce, some 202 jobs. "Critics are holding up the layoffs, which come just two months after the organization’s last round of dismissals, as a sad commentary on the true priorities of ministry. 'If I were their membership I would be appalled,' said Mark Lewis, a longtime Colorado Springs activist who helped organize a Proposition 8 protest in Colorado Springs on Saturday. 'That [Focus on the Family] would spend any money on anything that’s obviously going to get blocked in the courts is just sad. [Prop. 8] is guaranteed to lose, in the long run it doesn’t have a chance—it’s just a waste of money. "