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Conn. lawmakers seek to restore state benefits to discharged gay veterans

Thursday, April 25, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut lawmakers are seeking to restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans discharged under the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. On Wednesday, the Senate voted 34-0 in favor of legislation making veterans eligible for state benefits if they've been... [ Read more → ]
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Senate confirms Eric Fanning as Under Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Friday, April 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Eric Fanning, currently serving as Deputy Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy, to be the Undersecretary of the Air Force. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. governor criticized for vetoing bill to assist partners of gay service members

Monday, April 8, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism over her veto of legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military service members. [ Read more → ]
In this Oct. 1, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, a U.S. Army carry team transfers the remains of Army Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford, N.C., at Dover Air Force Base, of her death first because of a federal law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex unions.Photo: U.S. Air Force, Adrian R. Rowan

Same-sex military families look to high court to remedy DOMA’s injustice

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay marriage advocates are focusing attention on the way they say the law dishonors gay service members and their spouses, who are denied survivor payments, plots in veterans' cemeteries, base housing and a host of other benefits that have been available to opposite-sex military couples for generations. [ Read more → ]
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Former USAF major reaches settlement in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge

Friday, March 15, 2013
A former airman who was discharged from the U.S. Air Force under the now repealed "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy that barred openly gay service members, has settled his lawsuit against the Department of Defense. [ Read more → ]
Allyson Robinson (center) addresses attendees at the Outserve-SLDN National Dinner on Saturday.Photo courtesy Outserve-SLDN.

Outserve-SLDN sets ambitious goal in State of LGBT Military Service address

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans, and supporters gathered in Washington on Saturday night for the OutServe-SLDN 2013 National Dinner, and to hear the first State of LGBT Military Equality Address by Allyson Robinson, a U.S. Army Veteran and Executive Director of Outserve-SLDN. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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House, Senate bills aim to equalize benefits for same-sex military families

Friday, February 15, 2013
A pair of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress this week would change the definition of "spouse" in four areas of U.S. Code related to recognition, support, and benefits for married service members and veterans, in an effort to provide key military benefits for same-sex spouses of gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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AFA livid that same-sex partners of service members may be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Pentagon’s recent decision to extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of service members following the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has provoked the ire of the American Family Association, which is upset that they may now be eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery. [ Read more → ]
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Panetta announces extended benefits to same-sex military families

Monday, February 11, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Panetta poised to extend benefits to same-sex military families

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said Tuesday that outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. [ Read more → ]
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade

Hagel pledges to move ‘expeditiously’ on benefits for gay troops

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has pledged to “move forward expeditiously” on the issue of extending partner benefits to gay service members if confirmed for the role as defense secretary. [ Read more → ]
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Same-sex military couples still struggle for recognition, despite DADT repeal

Saturday, January 19, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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Air Force sergeant discharged under DADT to participate in inauguration

Thursday, January 17, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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Hagel commits to extending partner benefits to gay troops

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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Marines: Spouses clubs must admit same-sex spouses to remain on bases

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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Former discharged gay, lesbian service members to receive full separation pay

Monday, January 7, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon blocks LGBT websites for ‘operational security reasons’

Friday, January 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Obama signs ‘conscience’ clause-inclusive defense bill

Thursday, January 3, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Ashley Broadway (left) and her spouse, Lt. Col. Heather Mack.Family photo

Fort Bragg meeting brings no resolution in discrimination by spouses group

Friday, December 21, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group

Thursday, October 25, 2012
A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian soldier killed in Taliban suicide bomber attack in Afghanistan

Friday, October 5, 2012
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of the North Carolina Army National Guard was among 14 people killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol in Afghanistan. [ Read more → ]
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Fischer: Thanks to DADT repeal, we can ‘expect more instances of pedophilia’ in the military

Thursday, September 27, 2012
On Wednesday’s edition of “Focal Point,” Bryan Fischer cited the arrest of a protocol officer at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida for allegedly trying to entice a 17-year-old boy into sexual activity to declare that, thanks to to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, we can “expect to see more instances of pedophilia now in the United States military.” [ Read more → ]
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A year after ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ there is still much work to be done

Friday, September 21, 2012
A year after full DADT repeal, the government still fails to provide equal benefits to lesbian, gay, and bisexual military families, in part due to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. And transgender women and men are still barred from serving openly. It’s time for Congress and the Defense Department to take steps to right these wrongs... [ Read more → ]
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