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Conn. vet leading legal effort for spousal benefits of gay veterans

| Friday, August 16, 2013
Carmen Cardona
HARTFORD, Conn. -- An 18-year Navy veteran from Norwich is joining forces with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to try to persuade the federal Department of Veterans Affairs to abide by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning gay marriage and extend all federal benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses.

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Sailor proposes to his boyfriend at Navy homecoming celebration

| Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Kristina Young, U.S. NavyIn this Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerrel Revel, left, proposes to his boyfriend Dylan Kirchner during the homecoming of the USS New Mexico at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., after the ship's inaugural six-month deployment.
GROTON, Conn. -- A Navy sailor returning from a six-month deployment emerged from his submarine, dropped to one knee and proposed to his boyfriend during the homecoming celebration in Connecticut for USS New Mexico.

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U.S. Navy to allow uniformed service members to march in San Diego pride

| Saturday, July 6, 2013
Service members march in uniform in last year's San Diego pride parade.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The U.S. Navy says that active duty service members under the Region Southwest command may participate in uniform in this year's San Diego LGBT pride parade.

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California lawmaker wants U.S. Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

| Thursday, August 16, 2012
Christine Kehoe
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced a resolution to support efforts to name a Navy ship after gay rights icon Harvey Milk.

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U.S. Navy: Uniformed sailors can march in San Diego pride parade

By Ken Williams| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- Sailors based in San Diego most definitely will be allowed to march in uniform with the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday, a Navy spokesman told San Diego Gay & Lesbian News Wednesday afternoon.

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Anti-gay hazing, attempted rape of sailor leads to firing of top Navy officer

| Monday, June 25, 2012
USS Florida
NORFOLK, Va. -- A sailor targeted for harassment aboard the nuclear submarine USS Florida became the center of a homophobic hazing case that led to the firing of the vessel's top enlisted officer.

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Reactions mixed over proposal to name Navy vessel after Harvey Milk

| Thursday, May 3, 2012
Harvey Milk
The proposal to name a U.S. Navy vessel after Harvey Milk is drawing mixed reactions in San Francisco, where the slain gay rights leader served as a city supervisor.

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Our pick for LGBT Ally of the Year: Admiral Mike Mullen

| Saturday, December 31, 2011
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This year, while several individuals who were outspoken in their support for LGBTQ rights, there was one quiet and unassuming figure, who stood out for his forceful, determined and unwavering support of gay and lesbian persons being able to proudly wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces of the United States -- Admiral Mike Mullen, LGBT Nation's choice for Ally of the Year.

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Peter LaBarbera dubs Navy first kiss ‘indecent’ and a ‘sad day’ for the military

By Brian Tashman
Right Wing Watch
| Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Janet Mefferd and Peter LaBarbera
Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality joined Janet Mefferd on Tuesday for an hour of attacking LGBT rights and urgently praying for gays and lesbians to be freed from Satan’s captivity.

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Lesbian couple shares first kiss in historic Navy homecoming

| Thursday, December 22, 2011
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In what has become a tradition at Navy homecomings, one sailor is chosen by raffle to be first off the ship to kiss a loved one -- on Wednesday, for the first time, the reunited couple was same-sex.

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