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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 [...]

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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. The Pvt. Manning Support Network released documents Wednesday that defense attorney David Coombs filed a day earlier with the U.S. Justice Department and the [...]

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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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