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Gay Marine’s amazing journey from homeless shelter to Ivy League

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Elegance Bratton was kicked out of his home at the age of 16, spent 10 years homeless, joined the Marines and is now working on a documentary to shed light on youth homelessness in NYC’s West Village. [ Read more → ]
Dayna Morales

Server who received anti-gay note to donate tips to wounded veterans

Monday, November 18, 2013
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- The New Jersey restaurant server and former Marine who was left a note condemning her lesbian "lifestyle" instead of a tip, has been receiving extra tips for days since her story broke, and says she plans to donate them to the Wounded Warrior Project. [ Read more → ]
Dayna Morales

Diners refuse tip for N.J. waitress, former Marine due to her lesbian ‘lifestyle’

Friday, November 15, 2013
BRIDEWATER, N.J. -- A New Jersey waitress and former Marine says she was “offended” after a customer left an anti-gay note on a check in place of a tip because she is a lesbian. [ Read more → ]

Gay combat vet who lost leg in Iraq booed by anti-gay protesters in San Antonio

Thursday, August 15, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- A highly decorated openly gay Iraq war combat veteran was booed by a crowd of anti-gay protesters during his speech to the San Antonio City Council meeting Wednesday evening. [ Read more → ]

‘He said yes!’ – Happily ever after for gay marine whose homecoming went viral

Sunday, June 2, 2013
When U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan returned home home last year following a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, he never expected that a homecoming kiss with his boyfriend Dalan Wells would take the internet by storm and become the symbol for openly gay service members in the post-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era... [ Read more → ]
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Former Marine arrested in hate crime attack at Long Beach gay bar

Thursday, April 11, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A former Marine accused in the beating of a man outside a Long Beach gay bar will be extradited from Illinois to face felony hate crime charges. [ Read more → ]

Marines: Spouses clubs must admit same-sex spouses to remain on bases

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The U.S. Marine Corps said it has advised its legal staff that spouses clubs operating on its installations must admit same-sex spouses if they wish to remain on Marine bases. The announcement comes in response to a an ongoing controversy at the U.S. Army's Fort... [ Read more → ]

Police investigate alleged gay bashing by four Marines outside Long Beach bar

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Police in Long Beach, Calif., are investigating an assault involving four U.S. Marine Corps' personnel who allegedly attacked a film student from San Dimas, Calif., and beat him unconscious outside the Silver Fox, a popular gay-patronized establishment. [ Read more → ]

Marine’s homecoming… couple’s ‘first kiss’ viewed around the world

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
U.S. Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan, whose homecoming kiss with his boyfriend Dalan Wells was captured in a photo that has been viewed and commented on by thousands around the world, has become the symbol for openly gay service members in the post-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Marine homecoming kiss takes internet by storm

Monday, February 27, 2012
A U.S. marine homecoming kiss has taken the internet by storm. The image of Brandon Morgan and Dalan Wells was posted to the Facebook page of Gay Marines on Saturday, and has captured more than 3,000 comments and 14,000 “likes.” [ Read more → ]
Esther Garatie

Homophobic nurse to retire after harassment of lesbian Marine veteran

Friday, January 20, 2012
DALLAS -- A spokesperson for the Dallas Veterans Affairs Center has confirmed that nurse practitioner Lincy Pandithurai would "retire from federal service" effective Jan. 21 after being accused of anti-gay harassment. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Simmons

Court sets aside conviction of Marine’s uniformed appearance in gay porn

Monday, October 3, 2011
The U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals has sided, in part, with a U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who wore parts of his uniform while appearing in gay porn videos. [ Read more → ]
Michael Barrett

Top enlisted Marine on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ — ‘Get over it’

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Command Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal Barrett, the top non-commissioned officer, addressing Marines regarding the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:” [ Read more → ]
Robert Gates

Gates to troops opposed to openly gay service members: Get over it

Monday, June 6, 2011
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Sunday told a group of Marines that they do not have the option of leaving the service just because they disagree with the upcoming repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]

U.S. Marines prepare for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly

Friday, April 29, 2011
The Associated Press reports on how Marines are preparing for the implementation for allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the U.S. military, ending the ban commonly known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." [ Read more → ]
Michael Griffin

Ex-Marine convicted in stabbing death of gay Indiana professor

Sunday, April 17, 2011
A jury in Indiana has convicted Michael Griffin, an ex-Marine, for the murder of 53-year-old Don Belton, an openly gay professor at Indiana University. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]
Gen. John Amos

Marine commandant says ‘now is not the time’ to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Sunday, November 7, 2010
With American troops still fighting in Afghanistan, the new Commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps says "now is not the time" to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the military ban on openly gay service members. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps

Father of dead U.S. Marine ordered to pay organizers of anti-gay protest

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7576" align="alignleft" width="342" caption="Fred Phelps"][/caption] The father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq has been ordered to pay $16,510 to a family that protested his son's funeral in Maryland. Albert Snyder sued members of the Westboro Baptist Church because they waved signs saying... [ Read more → ]

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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