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Pentagon announces benefits for same-sex spouses of service members

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- Same-sex spouses of military members will be eligible for the same health care, housing and other benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex spouses starting Sept. 3, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

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Pentagon poised to extend benefits to same-sex military spouses

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Dept-of-Defense
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.

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Holder: Marriage ruling ‘enormous triumph’ – Pentagon moves on benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is an "enormous triumph" for equal protection under the law for all Americans.

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Hagel honors gay service members at Pentagon pride event

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- In his first appearance at a Pentagon LGBT Pride Month event, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday honored gay and lesbian service members, calling them “integral to America’s armed forces.”

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First out, gay man takes over as Acting Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Eric Fanning
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- U.S. Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning took over as acting director of the Air Force on Friday, becoming the highest ranking out, LGBT official at the Department of Defense.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend Pentagon LGBT Pride event

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Chuck Hagel
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will speak at the Pentagon's Pride event next Tuesday, June 25, honoring gay and lesbian service members.

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U.S. Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Chuck Hagel
The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary. The vote Tuesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in backing President Barack Obama's nominee.

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Senate clears the way for confirmation of Hagel as Defense Secretary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Chuck HagelAP
WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared the way Tuesday for confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's next defense secretary after Republicans dropped their unprecedented delay of President Barack Obama's choice to head the Pentagon.

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U.S. Senate panel approves Chuck Hagel for Pentagon chief

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Chuck Hagel
A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday voted to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary at a time of turmoil for the military with looming budget cuts, a fresh sign of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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Panetta announces extended benefits to same-sex military families

Monday, February 11, 2013
Leon Panetta
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Monday announced he will extend to nearly the full extent permitted under current law the benefits available to gay and lesbian service members and their families.

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