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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.

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

Sunday, December 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender Army veteran tapped to lead LGBT military advocacy group

Thursday, October 25, 2012
A transgender Army veteran has been named to head the newly combined organization advocating for the interests of LGBT service members. [ Read more → ]
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Smooth transition, unfinished business mark first anniversary of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Thursday, September 20, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT service members’ advocacy groups call on Boy Scouts to abandon anti-gay policy

Friday, July 20, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups for gay, lesbian service members to join forces

Monday, July 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Mullen to headline event celebrating anniversary of DADT repeal

Friday, June 22, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Air Force Sergeant discharged under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to be reinstated

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Court denies request to expedite gay troops’ DOMA case

Friday, April 13, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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SLDN marks six month anniversary of DADT, calls for equal military benefits

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Boehner may intervene soon against gay troops’ DOMA lawsuit

Sunday, March 11, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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Countdown to next Prop 8 ruling, stepping up the assault on DOMA

Monday, October 31, 2011
We're counting down to the next ruling in the Prop 8 case. A Republican-backed bill in New Hampshire would replace marriage with civil unions for everyone -- including siblings. Get ready for a showdown on the Defense of Marriage Act, and things are heating up in Ohio. [ Read more → ]
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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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SLDN files suit on behalf of married gay, lesbian service members, veterans

Friday, October 28, 2011
Service Members Legal Defense Network on Thursday launched a federal lawsuit in U. S. District Court in Boston on behalf of current and former service members seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for equal sacrifice and service in the U.S. Armed Forces. [ 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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Marine Commandant says ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal will cost lives, limbs

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
General James Amos, Commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps., underscored his opposition to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," telling reporters Tuesday afternoon that Marines fighting in combat units in Afghanistan are extremely concerned that permitting gays to serve openly could disrupt “unit cohesion." [ Read more → ]
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‘Congress on notice’ — Third lawsuit filed in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Monday, December 13, 2010
Activists pushing for repeal of "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" delivered on a threat Monday and filed a third lawsuit aimed at having the courts strike the military’s ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
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SLDN warns gay service members from participating in DADT survey

Thursday, July 8, 2010
SLDN, a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is advising gay and lesbian service members not to participate in a Pentagon survey released this week that focuses on the impact to the military if the policy is repealed. [ Read more → ]
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