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Same-sex military couples still struggle for recognition, despite DADT repeal

Saturday, January 19, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Sgt. Karen Alexander fought for her country in Iraq, but back home she often feels the U.S. Army is fighting against her. Married to another female soldier with a 4-year-old son, Alexander is denied the same housing allowance and other family-friendly benefits she would be entitled to [...]

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Advocacy group seeks information in Fort Bragg club’s refusal to admit same-sex spouse

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo
WASHINGTON — A leading advocacy group for LGBT service members and veterans announced Thursday it had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at Fort Bragg, N.C., seeking to obtain documents and correspondence relating to an officers’ spouses club’s refusal to admit a same-sex spouse. The request by by [...]

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Air Force sergeant discharged under DADT to participate in inauguration

Thursday, January 17, 2013
David Hall
A former U.S. Air Force sergeant, who was kicked out of the military in 2002 and eventually went to work for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will be one of eight featured “citizen co-chairs” of President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Monday. The “citizen co-chairs” role was created to [...]

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Hagel commits to extending partner benefits to gay troops

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has committed to extending partners benefits “permissible under current law” to gay service members as part of attempts to allay concerns among Democratic senators about his potential performance as Pentagon chief. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Hagel responds to queries the California [...]

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Marines: Spouses clubs must admit same-sex spouses to remain on bases

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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The U.S. Marine Corps said it has advised its legal staff that spouses clubs operating on its installations must admit same-sex spouses if they wish to remain on Marine bases. The announcement comes in response to a an ongoing controversy at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg installation in North Carolina, [...]

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Former discharged gay, lesbian service members to receive full separation pay

Monday, January 7, 2013
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WASHINGTON – Former service members who are part of a class action lawsuit challenging a Defense Department policy that cuts in half the separation pay of those who have been honorably discharged for “homosexuality” will receive their full pay after a settlement announced today. [...]

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Pentagon blocks LGBT websites for ‘operational security reasons’

Friday, January 4, 2013
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More than 15 months since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's former ban on openly gay service members, the U.S. Department of Defense continues to block access to websites it categorizes as LGBT. [...]

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Obama signs ‘conscience’ clause-inclusive defense bill

Thursday, January 3, 2013
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President Obama signed into law a $633 billion package of major Pentagon budget legislation on Wednesday that includes a “conscience” provision prohibiting troops for being punished for their beliefs as he maintained the language “will not alter” the rights of gay service members. [...]

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Fort Bragg meeting brings no resolution in discrimination by spouses group

Friday, December 21, 2012
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- A meeting lasting more than an hour on Thursday brought no resolution to nearly two weeks of controversy surrounding the denial of Ashley Broadway, the wife of an Army Lieutenant Colonel, for membership in the Association of Bragg Officer’s Spouses. [...]

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Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group

Thursday, October 25, 2012
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A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members. [...]

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