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Military chaplains tell Pentagon they refuse to officiate same-sex weddings

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Nearly 2,000 members of the military-affiliated Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL) have pledged not to perform same-sex "wedding" ceremonies under any circumstances, despite a recent Pentagon directive that authorizes chaplains to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, and military chapels to be used for "any private ceremony." [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon gives military chaplains approval to perform same-sex weddings

Friday, September 30, 2011
The U.S. Department of Defense on Friday announced Friday that the Chaplain Corps of the armed forces are authorized to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for same-sex military couples in states where same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
Melvin Dwork

Gay WW II veteran finally sees discharge changed from ‘undesirable’ to ‘honorable’

Saturday, September 17, 2011
After almost 70 years since receiving an "undesirable" discharge because he is gay, Melvin Dwork, a World War II Navy veteran has had his discharged finally changed to "honorable," reported the Associated Press. [ Read more → ]
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House Republicans make final push to delay ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Thursday, September 15, 2011
The two ranking Republicans on U.S. House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" scheduled for next Tuesday, Sept. 20, claiming that certain regulations regarding military benefits for same sex couples have not been revised. [ Read more → ]
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Obama, Pentagon certify repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — ban ends in 60 days

Friday, July 22, 2011
President Barack Obama has formally signed the certification that repeals the ban on gays serving openly in the military. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court gives DOJ ten days to quit or appeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ case

Monday, July 11, 2011
A federal court on Monday ordered the Obama Administration to reveal whether it intends to defend the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military's ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon halts DADT discharges, will accept applications from gay recruits

Friday, July 8, 2011
The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay and lesbian service members under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” complying with a ruling this week in federal court that ordered an immediate halt to the ban’s enforcement. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. House adds another anti-gay amendment to Defense appropriations bill

Friday, July 8, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning voted in favor of an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds to implement training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for chaplains. [ Read more → ]
Virginia Foxx

U.S. House approves anti-gay DOMA amendment to defense appropriations bill

Thursday, July 7, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of an anti-gay amendment to the defense appropriations bill that reaffirms the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as component of the Pentagon spending legislation. [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court orders immediate halt of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to immediately halt enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the military ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Robert Gates (left) and Leon Panetta

Gates: New Pentagon chief will certify repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, June 26, 2011
Retiring Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday said that repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" will be certified as early as late July. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Air Force confirms Airman’s discharge under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Thursday, June 2, 2011
An Air Force spokesman on Thursday confirmed that the Secretary of the Air Force approved a discharge under the military's ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' policy on April 29, this first such discharge since the Pentagon on Oct. 21, 2010, directed that ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell' discharges would require the approval of the service branch secretary. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon says certification on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ likely mid-summer

Friday, April 1, 2011
Pentagon officials told a House subcommittee Friday that training for implementation of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has gone “extremely well so far” and that certification to Congress might come by mid-summer. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon prepares to implement DADT; Appeals court rejects DOJ motion to suspend case

Sunday, January 30, 2011
It has been just over a month since President Obama signed the bill to repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service members. And Pentagon officials on Friday they think they may be ready to begin implementation of the new law within the year. [ Read more → ]
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Judge denies stay in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ ruling — military begins accepting gay recruits

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A federal judge on Tuesday denied a government request to delay her order to halt discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the Pentagon took the unprecedented steps to begin allowing openly gay recruits to enlist, or re-enlist, in the U.S. Armed Forces. [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon halts enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’– Justice department files appeal, seeks stay

Thursday, October 14, 2010
The Pentagon issued guidance to troop commanders on Thursday to obey a court order lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, while the Justice Department requested an emergency stay of a federal judge's injunction stopping enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon surveying service members on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Pentagon on Wednesday began sending 400,000 surveys to U.S. service members asking their opinion about what impact the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" might have on morale and readiness, and their willingness to share quarters with gay or lesbian service members. [ Read more → ]
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Marine’s top officer says he draws the line on gays bunking with straight soldiers

Friday, March 26, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7352" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Conway"][/caption] The Marine Corps' top officer said Thursday that straight soldiers will not be asked to share rooms on base with openly gay soldiers if the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is repealed. Commandant Gen. James Conway said that even... [ Read more → ]
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Army commander gets high-level rebuke for public opposition to DADT repeal

Friday, March 26, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7388" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Mixon"][/caption] The Commanding Officer of U.S. Army Pacific received a sharp rebuke Thursday from Defense Secretary Robert Gates after publicly challenging proposed changes to “don’t ask don’t tell” policy which bans openly gay service members. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the... [ Read more → ]
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Gates announces changes to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday that the Pentagon will make it more difficult to discharge openly gay or lesbian members of the military. The changes to the [...] [ Read more → ]
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Gates to announce new rules for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ enforcement

Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Pentagon is expected to announce Thursday that it will relax enforcement of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevent gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military, a decision that officials described as a temporary measure until Congress can take permanent... [ Read more → ]
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Pentagon lawyers advise delay on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’

Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Pentagon's top guy is getting conflicting advice on whether to lift the ban on gays in the military. The Associated Press reports it has obtained a legal counsel's memo advising Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that now is not... [ Read more → ]
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