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Obama: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal upheld ‘fundamental American values’

Thursday, September 20, 2012
President Obama issued a statement commemorating the anniversary of the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Thursday, saying the end to the military’s gay ban “upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality.” [ Read more → ]
Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali and Will Behrens in a civil union ceremony presided by a Navy chaplain at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in June 2012.

GOP senators introduce bill to prohibit same-sex ceremonies on military bases

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Two U.S. Senators on Tuesday introduced legislation that would prohibit same-sex unions from being held on military bases. [ Read more → ]

Study: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has had zero negative impact on military

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The first academic study of the effects of repealing “Don't Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has found that the new policy allowing openly gay service members has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. [ Read more → ]
Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters to emcee event marking anniversary of repeal of DADT

Sunday, September 2, 2012
NEW YORK – Veteran journalist Barbara Walters will emcee a celebration of American troops to mark the one year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the former ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
James Amos

Top U.S. Marine: Openly gay service members not an issue

Saturday, September 1, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The head of the U.S. Marine Corps this week stressed that the integration of openly gay and lesbians into the military has gone smoothly. [ Read more → ]
Tammy Smith (right), with her spouse Tracey Hepner.

Newly pinned Brigadier General becomes first openly gay flag officer in U.S. military

Friday, August 10, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Former Army Colonel Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. military. [ Read more → ]
Military continegent at last year's pride.

All branches of military granted permission to march in uniform at San Diego Pride Parade

Thursday, July 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Any service member of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force can march proudly in uniform in the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Navy: Uniformed sailors can march in San Diego pride parade

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Sailors based in San Diego most definitely will be allowed to march in uniform with the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday, a Navy spokesman told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Wednesday afternoon. [ Read more → ]
In 2011, An estimated 250 active-duty service members and veterans on Saturday marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade, just one day after a federal appeals court reinstated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but with a provision that prohibits the military from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.

Hundreds sign up to march in San Diego Pride Parade’s military contingent

Friday, July 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Active-duty service members have received official approval to march in their uniforms on July 21 as part of America’s Pride Parade military contingent, San Diego Pride officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, July 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)

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

Monday, July 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups for gay, lesbian service members to join forces

Monday, July 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Sunday, July 1, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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": [ Read more → ]
USS Florida

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

Monday, June 25, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Adm. Mike Mullen

Mullen to headline event celebrating anniversary of DADT repeal

Friday, June 22, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Donnelly

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

Thursday, June 21, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Uri Ariel

Israeli politician: Army must not enlist gays

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Pentagon general counsel to keynote Defense Department Pride event

Monday, June 18, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson is set to keynote a Pride celebration for gay service members and LGBT civilians next week, the Washington Blade has learned. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Defense Secretary releases video honoring gay, lesbian service members

Friday, June 15, 2012
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Friday released a video recognizing June as LGBT Pride Month, and thanked the families of gay and lesbian service members and LGBT civilians. [ Read more → ]

Israel Defense Forces’ Facebook entry marks LGBT pride month

Monday, June 11, 2012
The Israeli army on Monday, making note of LGBT Pride Month around the world, posted this image to its official Facebook page depicting two soldiers holding hands while walking through a street in Tel Aviv. [ Read more → ]

Memorial Day includes gay and lesbian Americans, while the law does not

Monday, May 28, 2012
While all Americans have a right to serve openly in the military, without regard to sexual orientation, thanks to the repeal of the ‘Don’t ask don’t tell’ law, LGBT servicemembers still suffer rampant discrimination with regard to marriage equality, green card sponsorship of binational partners or spouses and a host of other missing benefits caused by lack of equality under the civil law of the U.S.A. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Air Force Academy graduates first openly gay cadets

Friday, May 25, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In another historical moment in the post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era, the the U.S. Air Force Academy this week graduated its first group of openly gay cadets. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

DADT discharges still discriminate; trio of U.S. Senators want problem fixed

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
In a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, three U.S.Senators have asked the Secretary to use his authority to streamline the process for those discharged under the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law in order to expedite discharge paperwork changes and upgrades. [ Read more → ]
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