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Barney FrankFile photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Barney Frank comes out in opposition to Hagel nomination

Monday, December 31, 2012
Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he strongly opposes the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary based on the former senator’s 1998 anti-gay comments and record on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]
James HormelPhoto by Michael Nguyen, courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

Hormel questions sincerity of Hagel apology for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
James Hormel — the nation’s first openly gay ambassador — questioned the sincerity of an apology that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) issued on Friday over anti-gay remarks he made in 1998. Hormel pledged to oppose Hagel’s confirmation as defense secretary unless he affirms before the Senate that he will support equal rights for LGBT military families. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel apologizes for 1998 anti-gay remarks

Saturday, December 22, 2012
The former U.S. senator whom President Obama is reportedly considering for defense secretary on Friday apologized for using anti-gay remarks 14 years ago to describe a gay nominee for U.S. ambassador. [ Read more → ]

A Failure of Leadership: Ft. Bragg and the Pentagon

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Military spouses’ organizations aren’t just social clubs – they provide critical support to families that face challenges that civilian families don’t understand - long separations due to training and deployment, stresses on everyone in the family when a loved one goes to war. Most Army wives, and husbands recognize that we need each others’ support to deal with the tough challenges of military life – and that we’re all in this together. So what the heck is wrong at Fort Bragg? [ Read more → ]

Defense budget bill includes anti-gay ‘conscience’ provision

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The final version of major Pentagon budget legislation includes watered-down “conscience” language similar to the anti-gay provision found in the House version of the bill, according to a top House Democrat on defense issues. [ Read more → ]
Rep. W. Todd Akin (R-Mo.)File photo by Michael Key, Washington Blade

Republicans aggressively pushing for an anti-gay provision in defense bill

Friday, December 14, 2012
Some House Republicans are pushing for inclusion of a “conscience protection” clause in the final version of Pentagon budget legislation that could enable discrimination against gay service members, according to LGBT advocates familiar with conference committee negotiations. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

House OK’s amendment to Defense bill to prohibit gay unions on military bases

Friday, July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill that would prohibit military chaplains from performing same-sex ceremonies and would prevent military installations from being used for such ceremonies. [ Read more → ]
Brenda S. Fulton, far right, participates in a discussion panel during the Defense Department's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event at the Pentagon, June 26, 2012. Along with Fulton, from left to right, U.S. Navy Capt. Jane Campbell, director of press operations for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs; Gordon O. Tanner, principal deputy general counsel for the Air Force; and Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps gave their perspectives on their lives and careers before the repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law.

Pentagon holds first ever pride event honoring gay, lesbian service members

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- In a Pentagon auditorium Tuesday that normally seats 350 persons, a standing room only crowd celebrated as the U.S. Department of Defense marked “LGBT Pride Month” for the first time in its history. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey: Honoring LGBT Pride at the Pentagon is a ‘Sad time for the United States’

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Today, the Pentagon will hold its first ever event honoring LGBT pride month and Linda Harvey is predictably outraged, calling it " yet another low level of ungodliness" reached by the Obama administration and a "sad, sad time for the United States": [ Read more → ]

Pentagon general counsel to keynote Defense Department Pride event

Monday, June 18, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson is set to keynote a Pride celebration for gay service members and LGBT civilians next week, the Washington Blade has learned. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Defense Secretary releases video honoring gay, lesbian service members

Friday, June 15, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Friday released a video recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, and thanked the families of gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon to hold ‘pride’ event to honor gay, lesbian service members

Thursday, June 14, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Defense on Thursday announced it will soon hold its first ever "pride" event to recognize gay and lesbian service members. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

DADT discharges still discriminate; trio of U.S. Senators want problem fixed

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, three U.S.Senators have asked the Secretary to use his authority to streamline the process for those discharged under the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law in order to expedite discharge paperwork changes and upgrades. [ Read more → ]
Aubrey Sarvis

SLDN marks six month anniversary of DADT, calls for equal military benefits

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Tuesday marked the six month anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by calling on the Defense Department to extend available benefits and support to married gay and lesbian service members and their families. [ Read more → ]
Aubry Sarvis

SLDN: Pentagon announcement of military benefits is ‘not new, not equal’

Friday, October 28, 2011
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation, but the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) said the announcement does nothing "to move the ball forward" in providing equal benefits for legally married gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Military chaplains tell Pentagon they refuse to officiate same-sex weddings

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Nearly 2,000 members of the military-affiliated Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL) have pledged not to perform same-sex "wedding" ceremonies under any circumstances, despite a recent Pentagon directive that authorizes chaplains to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, and military chapels to be used for "any private ceremony." [ Read more → ]

Pentagon gives military chaplains approval to perform same-sex weddings

Friday, September 30, 2011
The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday announced Friday that the Chaplain Corps of the armed forces are authorized to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for same-sex military couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]

House Republicans make final push to delay ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The two ranking Republicans on U.S. House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" scheduled for next Tuesday, Sept. 20, claiming that certain regulations regarding military benefits for same sex couples have not been revised. [ Read more → ]

Federal court gives DOJ ten days to quit or appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ case

Monday, July 11, 2011
A federal court on Monday ordered the Obama Administration to reveal whether it intends to defend the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon halts DADT discharges, will accept applications from gay recruits

Friday, July 8, 2011
The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay and lesbian service members under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” complying with a ruling this week in federal court that ordered an immediate halt to the ban’s enforcement. [ Read more → ]
Tim Huelskamp

U.S. House adds another anti-gay amendment to Defense appropriations bill

Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning voted in favor of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds to implement training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for chaplains. [ Read more → ]
Virginia Foxx

U.S. House approves anti-gay DOMA amendment to defense appropriations bill

Thursday, July 7, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of an anti-gay amendment to the defense appropriations bill that reaffirms the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as component of the Pentagon spending legislation. [ Read more → ]

Federal appeals court orders immediate halt of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to immediately halt enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Robert Gates (left) and Leon Panetta

Gates: New Pentagon chief will certify repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said that repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" will be certified as early as late July. [ Read more → ]

Senate panel approves defense spending bill without anti-gay amendments

Friday, June 17, 2011
The Senate Armed Services Committee this week unanimously passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with none of the anti-gay amendments that were attached to the House version of the bill. [ Read more → ]
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