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Chuck Hagel

Pentagon announces benefits for same-sex spouses of service members

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon poised to extend benefits to same-sex military spouses

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Patrick Semansky, APBradley Manning

Bradley Manning’s maximum possible sentence cut to 90 years

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning's possible sentence for disclosing classified information through WikiLeaks was trimmed from 136 years to 90 years Tuesday by a military judge who said some of his offenses were closely related. [ Read more → ]

Mainstream LGBT rights groups have abandoned Bradley Manning

Sunday, August 4, 2013
One of the interesting factors is that two of the largest and most well funded LGBT rights groups in the U.S. have stayed quiet about Bradley Manning, his reprehensible treatment in custody and his trial. Why has Manning, whose revelations about the U.S. Army's actions epitomize social justice in action, gotten the cold shoulder from the Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD? The silence of these groups has been deafening. [ Read more → ]
Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP In this July 26, 2013 photo, Zach Callahan, right, and supporters of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, march outside Fort Lesley J. McNair, in Washington.

From obscurity, Manning became a polarizing, international symbol

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
NEW YORK -- The honors and accolades proliferated over three years: international peace prizes, solidarity campaigns by celebrities, an effort to designate him - in absentia, of course - as grand marshal of San Francisco's gay pride parade. [ Read more → ]

Palm Center to lead $1.35 million study on transgender military service

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The Palm Center, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, and best known for coordinating more than a decade of research into the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, on Tuesday announced a new, multi-year research initiative to study transgender service in the U.S. military. [ Read more → ]
Bradley Manning

Manning acquitted of ‘aiding the enemy’ in WikiLeaks trial, convicted on lesser charges

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. — More than three years after U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was arrested for giving classified secrets to WikiLeaks, a military judge acquitted the former intelligence analyst Tuesday of aiding the enemy but convicted him of espionage, theft and computer fraud charges. [ Read more → ]
Bradley Manning

Defense gives closing argument: Bradley Manning a ‘whistleblower’

Friday, July 26, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is a whistleblower who wanted to inform the American public about the troubling things he saw in the war zone, and the soldier is willing to pay the price for giving secrets to WikiLeaks, his defense attorney said Friday. [ Read more → ]
APBradley Manning

Prosecutors give closing argument in Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks trial

Thursday, July 25, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- The court-martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking a trove of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks is winding down, with prosecutors giving their closing argument on Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Senate committee advances military spouses, veterans benefits bills

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday approved a package of bills to improve benefits and health care services for veterans and their families, including the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act. [ Read more → ]
Jose Luis Magana, APArmy Pfc. Bradley Manning arrives at the courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Monday, July 8, 2013, after the start of the sixth week of his court martial.

Defense seeks dismissal of charges against Bradley Manning

Monday, July 8, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Lawyers for an Army private who gave reams of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks asked a court-martial judge to dismiss some of the charges against him. [ Read more → ]
Service members march in uniform in last year's San Diego pride parade.

U.S. Navy to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego pride

Saturday, July 6, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says that active duty service members under the Region Southwest command may participate in uniform in this year's San Diego LGBT pride parade. [ Read more → ]
Bradley Manning

Prosecution rests in Bradley Manning’s WikiLeaks trial

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
FORT MEADE, Md. -- Prosecutors rested their case against Pfc. Bradley Manning on Tuesday after presenting evidence from 80 witnesses, trying to prove the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst let military secrets fall into the hands of al-Qaida and its former leader Osama bin Laden. [ Read more → ]
David Barton

Barton: Gays will ‘enlist in the military just so they can have gay marriages’

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Reiterating false claims he made in an interview with Glenn Beck following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, conservative activist and minister David Barton once again alleged that the Obama administration plans to compel chaplains and Central American nations to administer same-sex marriages against their will. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court gay marriage ruling will benefit many veterans’ spouses

Friday, June 28, 2013
Just two years ago, gays and lesbians were prevented from serving openly in the military. Now, with the Supreme Court ruling this week, same-sex spouses of gay veterans and service members will be able to share in their benefits. [ Read more → ]

Hagel honors gay service members at Pentagon pride event

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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.” [ Read more → ]
Eric Fanning

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), left, and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)

Lawmakers announce bill to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday proposed legislation that would ensure gay and lesbian service members who were discharged for no other reason than their sexual orientation would have their military records upgraded to reflect honorable service. [ Read more → ]
Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend Pentagon LGBT Pride event

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Charlie Morgan

N.H. Senator testifies in support of military benefits for same-sex spouses

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on Wednesday urged members of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to pass a bill that would provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]

White House objects to ‘conscience protections’ added to defense bill

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto a defense spending bill that includes so-called “conscience protections” that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline. [ Read more → ]
Maj. Gen. Patricia Rose

Lesbian earns Major General rank, becomes highest ranking out officer

Monday, June 10, 2013
U.S. Air Force Reserve Major General Patricia “Trish” Rose has became the U.S. military’s highest ranking openly gay officer. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)

Congressman proposes to repeal dishonorable discharges given to gay veterans

Saturday, June 8, 2013
HUNTINGTON, N.Y. -- An estimated 100,000 gay and lesbian service members were issued dishonorable or "undesirable" discharges between World War II and 1993 due to their sexual orientation, losing their military benefits as a result. [ Read more → ]

Critics: Defense bill ‘conscience protections’ give license to discriminate against gays

Thursday, June 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday adopted an amendment to expand the so-called “conscience protections” in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that critics say would allow service members to promote anti-gay beliefs without fear of discipline. [ Read more → ]

Bill to restore benefits for discharged gay veterans heads to Conn. governor

Thursday, May 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Connecticut bill that would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is moving to the governor's desk. [ Read more → ]
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