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Round-up: Military benefits, Maryland opponents in debt, Spain ‘redefines’

| Monday, July 2, 2012
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A proposed new law would let the Army recognize the spouses of service-members for the first time ever. Anti-gay activists in Maryland collect enough signatures to force a referendum, but now they're tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And seven years after legalizing marriage equality, Spain finally lets gay and lesbian couples into the dictionary.

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Bill introduced to offer equal benefits to gay, lesbian service members

| Monday, July 2, 2012
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
The ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee has introduced a bill that would exempt the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs from the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

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Advocacy groups for gay, lesbian service members to join forces

| Monday, July 2, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- Two gay rights advocacy groups that fought to bring about an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the U.S. military's former ban on openly gay service members, announced Monday plans to merge into a single organization.

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A history lesson for Linda Harvey and the ‘religious Reichwing’

| Sunday, July 1, 2012
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Hey Linda: You’ve been spouting off at the mouth a lot of utter nonsense about how dangerous it is to allow gays in the military. ... Linda, some of the most powerful, victorious, and abundantly brave – breathtakingly heroic actually – armies in history had in their rank and file – and leadership – gay men. ... And now with your ignorance and hate you demean their memory and you scorn those who want to wear a uniform of honor in order to serve this country and risk their very all to do so. How dare you.

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

| Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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.
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.

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

KYLE MANTYLA | Right Wing Watch | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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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":

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Anti-gay hazing, attempted rape of sailor leads to firing of top Navy officer

| Monday, June 25, 2012
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NORFOLK, Va. -- A sailor targeted for harassment aboard the nuclear submarine USS Florida became the center of a homophobic hazing case that led to the firing of the vessel's top enlisted officer.

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Mullen to headline event celebrating anniversary of DADT repeal

| Friday, June 22, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who played a key role in the legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is set to appear at an event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the end to the military’s gay ban.

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Elaine Donnelly: Gays ‘make other people feel like they are not welcome’ in the military

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, who supports the ban on gays in the military, accused the LGBT community of trying to “make other people feel like they are not welcome” in an interview Tuesday with Janet Parshall.

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Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays

| Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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JERUSALEM -- In an interview broadcasted yesterday in the parliamentary Knesset Channel, Member of Knesset Uri Ariel from the right-wing National Union party said that he is against the Israeli army’s policy of enlisting LGBT people.

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