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Pentagon poised to extend benefits to same-sex military spouses

| Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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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.

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

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Attorney General Eric Holder (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
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.

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Hagel honors gay service members at Pentagon pride event

| Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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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.”

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to attend Pentagon LGBT Pride event

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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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.

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U.S. Senate confirms Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary

| Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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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.

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

| Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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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.

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Panetta announces extended benefits to same-sex military families

| Monday, February 11, 2013
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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.

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Panetta poised to extend benefits to same-sex military families

| Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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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.

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Hagel pledges to move ‘expeditiously’ on benefits for gay troops

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Thursday, January 31, 2013
Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel faced his confirmation hearing before the Senate on Thursday.Photo: Michael Key, Washington Blade
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.

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Pentagon blocks LGBT websites for ‘operational security reasons’

| Friday, January 4, 2013
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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.

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