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U.S. Air Force confirms Airman’s discharge under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Thursday, June 2, 2011
An Air Force spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the Secretary of the Air Force approved a discharge under the military's ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' policy on April 29, this first such discharge since the Pentagon on Oct. 21, 2010, directed that ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell' discharges would require the approval of the service branch secretary. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves defense spending bill with three anti-gay amendments

Thursday, May 26, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes three controversial, anti-gay amendments that seek to delay implementation of repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," and reaffirm Congress’ support for the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

House committee approves three anti-gay DADT, DOMA amendments

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The full U.S. House Armed Services Committee approved three amendments late Wednesday night that seek to delay implementation of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and to reiterate Congress’s support for the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon says certification on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ likely mid-summer

Friday, April 1, 2011
Pentagon officials told a House subcommittee Friday that training for implementation of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has gone “extremely well so far” and that certification to Congress might come by mid-summer. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon prepares to implement DADT; Appeals court rejects DOJ motion to suspend case

Sunday, January 30, 2011
It has been just over a month since President Obama signed the bill to repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members. And Pentagon officials on Friday they think they may be ready to begin implementation of the new law within the year. [ Read more → ]
Dan Choi

Military to discharged gay soldiers: You owe us for not serving your full term!

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Adding insult to injury, the Defense Department -- after discharging gay service members under the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy -- apparently sends these former soldiers a bill, demanding they pay back “unearned portions” of their contracts. [ Read more → ]
Robert Gates

Gates instructs department to accelerate efforts to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Saturday, January 8, 2011
U. S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has instructed the Defense Department to accelerate efforts to end the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which bans on openly gay military personnel from serving. [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal uncertain, White House pushing lame duck Congress to act

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
"Don't ask, Don’t Tell,” the military's ban on openly gay service members, faces new uncertainties as time runs out for the U.S. Senate to advance the Defense Authorization bill, legislation that currently includes the provision. [ Read more → ]
Sec. Robert Gates

Gates urges repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ before new Congress is seated

Sunday, November 7, 2010
U. S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking to reporters on Saturday, said that he hopes Congress will repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy during the upcoming post election session starting on Nov. 15. [ Read more → ]

Judge denies stay in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling — military begins accepting gay recruits

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a government request to delay her order to halt discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the Pentagon took the unprecedented steps to begin allowing openly gay recruits to enlist, or re-enlist, in the U.S. Armed Forces. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon halts enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’– Justice department files appeal, seeks stay

Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Pentagon issued guidance to troop commanders on Thursday to obey a court order lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, while the Justice Department requested an emergency stay of a federal judge's injunction stopping enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]

Senate to take up Defense bill that includes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Monday, September 13, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to schedule a vote next week on the annual Defense Authorization Bill -- legislation that contains language that would allow the Defense Department to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” [ Read more → ]

Pentagon surveying service members on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Pentagon on Wednesday began sending 400,000 surveys to U.S. service members asking their opinion about what impact the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" might have on morale and readiness, and their willingness to share quarters with gay or lesbian service members. [ Read more → ]

Marine’s top officer says he draws the line on gays bunking with straight soldiers

Friday, March 26, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7352" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Conway"][/caption] The Marine Corps' top officer said Thursday that straight soldiers will not be asked to share rooms on base with openly gay soldiers if the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is repealed. Commandant Gen. James Conway said that even... [ Read more → ]

Gates announces changes to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that the Pentagon will make it more difficult to discharge openly gay or lesbian members of the military. The changes to the [...] [ Read more → ]

Gates to announce new rules for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Pentagon is expected to announce Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevent gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described as a temporary measure until Congress can take permanent... [ Read more → ]

Gates to meet with Congress Tuesday on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Friday, January 29, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates will unveil the Pentagon's plan to prepare for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" law regarding gay soldiers at a committee hearing Tuesday, according to CNN. "The Defense Department leadership is actively working on an implementation plan and the secretary... [ Read more → ]

Pentagon lawyers advise delay on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Pentagon's top guy is getting conflicting advice on whether to lift the ban on gays in the military. The Associated Press reports it has obtained a legal counsel's memo advising Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that now is not... [ Read more → ]

Senate committee postpones hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Saturday, November 21, 2009
A planned November hearing by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to consider ending a ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will be postponed, a spokeswoman indicated Friday. "We do not have a date" for the hearing, said the aide, Tara Andringa.... [ Read more → ]

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal may be attached to 2011 defense budget

Sunday, November 15, 2009
The effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will likely come next year as an amendment to the Defense Department spending bill, rather than through a standalone bill, according to gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), reports the Washington Blade. Frank said in an interview with... [ Read more → ]
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