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Defense Department adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Ashton Carter
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement made no reference to transgender service members, who are still banned from serving openly. ...

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U.S. Army elevates authority requirement for dismissing transgender soldiers

Saturday, March 7, 2015
A spokeswoman emphasized the directive was not a change in policy toward transgender service members, who are still barred from serving in the military. ...

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Defense Secretary selects Eric Fanning as first openly gay Pentagon Chief of Staff

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Eric Fanning
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has selected former acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning as his Chief of Staff, and the first openly gay man to hold the post. ...

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Defense Department says hormone treatment for Chelsea Manning approved

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Chelsea Manning
Defense Department officials said Thursday that hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. ...

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Anti-Gay pundits recycle doomsday DADT rhetoric transgender military service ban

Thursday, September 25, 2014
The third anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) found the U.S. military intact and stronger than ever. Despite the utter failure of their previous doomsday predictions to materialize, the same voices of opposition to DADT are ...

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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

Monday, April 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military ...

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Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. ...

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Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits. ...

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Gov. says Okla. Guard won’t process benefits for married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma National Guard facilities and employees who are paid with state tax dollars won't process benefits for married, same-sex couples. ...

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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Virginia Mayo, APChuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. ...

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