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Chuck Hagel

Hagel: All states complying with new rules regarding same-sex spouse IDs

Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says that all states are now complying with new rules allowing the same-sex spouses of military members to get ID cards in order to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
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Texas National Guard to allow same-sex couples to register for benefits

Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas National Guard will immediately begin letting same-sex couples register for benefits. [ Read more → ]
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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

Thursday, October 31, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)

Okla. governor tells National Guard to deny benefits to same-sex couples

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Fla. AG avoids taking a stand on military benefits vs. same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Attorney General's office has declined to offer an opinion on whether the Florida National Guard can process benefits enrollment for the spouses of gay troops on state facilities. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

GOP Senator targets revised marriage leave policy for gay service members

Thursday, September 12, 2013
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." [ Read more → ]
Major Gen. John Nichols

Guard commander asks Texas AG for legal opinion on same-sex military benefits

Friday, September 6, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- The commander of the Texas National Guard is asking the state's attorney general for a legal opinion about whether he can process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples under a Pentagon directive even though gay marriage is banned in Texas. [ Read more → ]
Texas

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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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 → ]
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Holder: Marriage ruling ‘enormous triumph’ – Pentagon moves on benefits

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Supreme Court's decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional is an "enormous triumph" for equal protection under the law for all Americans. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

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 → ]
Chuck Hagel

U.S. Senate panel approves Chuck Hagel for Pentagon chief

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A bitterly divided Senate panel on Tuesday voted to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the nation's defense secretary at a time of turmoil for the military with looming budget cuts, a fresh sign of North Korea's nuclear ambitions and drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. [ Read more → ]
Leon Panetta

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 → ]
Leon Panetta

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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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 → ]
Fort-Bragg

A Failure of Leadership: Ft. Bragg and the Pentagon

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Military spouses’ organizations aren’t just social clubs – they provide critical support to families that face challenges that civilian families don’t understand - long separations due to training and deployment, stresses on everyone in the family when a loved one goes to war. Most Army wives, and husbands recognize that we need each others’ support to deal with the tough challenges of military life – and that we’re all in this together. So what the heck is wrong at Fort Bragg? [ 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 → ]
Jeh-Johnson

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 → ]
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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 → ]
Aubry Sarvis

SLDN: Pentagon announcement of military benefits is ‘not new, not equal’

Friday, October 28, 2011
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Friday identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation, but the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) said the announcement does nothing "to move the ball forward" in providing equal benefits for legally married gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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