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USAF lesbian couple first to receive ‘Join Spouse’ assignment

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ryan Conroy, U.S. Air ForceTech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk, and Master Sgt. Angela Shunk.
Just three months after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a lesbian couple in the U.S. Air Force has learned they will receive an assignment together under the service’s Join Spouse program, the first same-sex couple to obtain the joint assignment.

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GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
WASHINGTON -- A ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said this week that a newly revised Pentagon policy granting marriage leave for gay service members "legally fails to fix the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit."

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N.C. National Guard to recognize same-sex marriages

| Monday, September 9, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard announced Monday that it will begin recognizing same-sex marriages, a policy shift that could have substantial financial help for families not previously eligible for the same federal military benefits awarded to heterosexual couples.

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Va. National Guard extends benefits to gay couples despite state marriage ban

| Saturday, September 7, 2013
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard said Friday it is complying with a Defense Department policy on extending benefits to qualified spouses of gay service members.

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Chelsea Manning seeks presidential pardon for leaking classified documents

| Thursday, September 5, 2013
Chelsea Manning
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is seeking a presidential pardon for leaking reams of classified information that her lawyer says did not merit protection. [caption id="attachment_108799" align="alignright" width="410"] Chelsea Manning[/caption] The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs...

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La. National Guard aligns with Texas, won’t process same-sex spousal benefits

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Louisiana National Guard won't process requests from same-sex couples seeking benefits, joining Texas in the refusal because of the states' bans on gay marriage.

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Obama administration will not enforce ban on same-sex veterans benefits

| Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Eric Holder
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages.

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Texas, Mississippi National Guard refuse to process same-sex couples’ benefits

| Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests for benefits submitted by same-sex couples because of the state constitution's definition of marriage.

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Shaheen: Same-sex benefits bill should apply to Veterans Affairs

| Sunday, September 1, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's planning to move forward with her bill that would grant benefits to same-sex married couples in the military after learning that legislation is still necessary to grant veterans in same-sex marriages those same benefits.

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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ activist dies in traffic accident in N.Y.

| Friday, August 30, 2013
Darren Manzella
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the U.S. Army after criticizing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.

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