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Obama nominates first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army

Friday, September 18, 2015
This photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Eric Fanning speaking at the 30th Space Symposium Corporate Partnership dinner May 20, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. President Barack Obama is nominating longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning would be the nation's first openly gay leader of a military service.
The nomination comes as the Obama administration works to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexuality or gender. ...

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Activists: Gays are leading us to the downfall of civilization

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Frank Gaffney
"The gay, lesbian, transgender lifestyle is nothing but a return to a pagan ethic." ...

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Pentagon will start dismantling military’s transgender ban on Monday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter
The goal is to have transgender troops added to the ranks within the next six months. ...

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Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

Monday, July 13, 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to ...

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Defense Department adds sexual orientation to non-discrimination policy

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Ashton Carter
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement made no reference to transgender service members, who are still banned from serving openly. ...

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Defense Secretary selects Eric Fanning as first openly gay Pentagon Chief of Staff

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Eric Fanning
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has selected former acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning as his Chief of Staff, and the first openly gay man to hold the post. ...

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Pentagon releases ‘human goals’ charter that excludes transgender civilian workers

Monday, April 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon on Monday released its Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military ...

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

Friday, December 13, 2013
Chuck Hagel
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. ...

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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. ...

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Hagel blasts states for defying Pentagon policy on same-sex spousal benefits

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Virginia Mayo, APChuck Hagel
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. ...

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