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Army veteran weds in first same-sex ceremony at West Point Cadet Chapel

| Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sue Fulton and Penny Gneslin, the first LGBT couple to marry in the U.S. Military Academy Cadet Chapel go through the saber arch provided by members of OutServe, Knights Out, USMA’s Spectrum, and one straight ally. Four Army lieutenants and four West Point Cadets formed the arch.Photo: Jeff Sheng, via Outserve.
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- In a historic first for the venerable chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Army veteran Brenda "Sue" Fulton married her longtime partner, Penelope Gnesin, in front of family and friends in a ceremony officiated by Army Chaplain, Colonel J. Wesley Smith of Dover Air Force Base.

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Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group

| Thursday, October 25, 2012
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A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members.

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Smooth transition, unfinished business mark first anniversary of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

| Thursday, September 20, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, on Thursday applauded and celebrated the one-year anniversary of repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," praising the smooth transition the military has made in allowing gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans to serve openly in the military and calling on the White House, Pentagon, and Congress to embrace and advance the final work necessary to achieve full LGBT equality in the Armed Forces.

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LGBT service members’ advocacy groups call on Boy Scouts to abandon anti-gay policy

| Friday, July 20, 2012
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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, an association of actively serving LGBT members of the armed forces, on Thursday joined the chorus of advocacy groups calling on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to abandon its policy against gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.

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Advocacy groups for gay, lesbian service members to join forces

| Monday, July 2, 2012
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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.

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Mullen to headline event celebrating anniversary of DADT repeal

| Friday, June 22, 2012
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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.

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Air Force Sergeant discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to be reinstated

| Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- Staff Sergeant Anthony Loverde, who was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 2008 under the now repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, will be reinstated and will return to active duty in May 2012.

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Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

| Friday, April 13, 2012
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A Massachusetts federal court has turned down a request from attorneys representing gay troops to move up the deadline for House Republicans to intervene in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

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SLDN marks six month anniversary of DADT, calls for equal military benefits

| Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Aubrey Sarvis
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Tuesday marked the six month anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by calling on the Defense Department to extend available benefits and support to married gay and lesbian service members and their families.

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Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Sunday, March 11, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- A Republican-led House panel may intervene as soon as next week against litigation that aims to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it unfairly prohibits gay troops from obtaining benefits for their same-sex spouses.

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