In a 2010 meeting in the Oval Office, the president told service chiefs they could “go do other things” if they didn’t support abolishing DADT, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said.
From states that ban same-sex couples from marrying to military chaplains to questions about a service academy’s hires and environment, the ease of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal is giving way to dealing with the rough spots.
Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the head of the National Guard Bureau to “take immediate action” to ensure that married same-sex couples are treated equally by the states’ National Guard operations.
Two years ago today, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly. These are the individuals we have to thank.
“Trans people, trans organizations, the trans movement did not choose this battle,” Dean Spade says. The law professor says rich donors chose the issue, and maintains the focus will hurt other trans rights issues.
“You’re official,” Maj. Stephen Snyder-Hill said to his husband, Joshua, after he got his spousal military ID card on Tuesday. Stephen and Joshua Snyder-Hill talk to BuzzFeed about the process, the change, and what remains.
Palm Center’s Transgender Military Initiative will investigate “whether and how the U.S. armed forces could include transgender troops without undermining readiness.” “A crucial first step,” one of the key scholars on the military’s gay ban says.
Rep. Mark Pocan aims to “close the book” on the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” with new legislation to codify the way those discharged under the military’s ban on out gay service members are treated by the military.
“The [Pentagon] Defense Manpower Data Center is committed to upgrading [systems] so that eligible [same-sex domestic partners] and their families can begin receiving benefits/ID cards on 1 September 2013.”
In a statement aimed at recognizing “LGBT Pride,” LGBT organization finds cause for criticism of military’s ongoing bar on out transgender service members.
“By showing you can actually change your gender marker with the Department of Defense, it shows that the Department of Defense actually will do that, and if they do that then it’s another stop toward figuring out a way to have open service for trans people,” activist says.
“The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was a monumental achievement for our military and for our country; however, it did not finish the entire job of ensuring that our gay and lesbian service members and their families are treated equally under the law,” the New Hampshire senator says.
“Every day that goes by is another day of unnecessary sacrifice for our families,” frustrated LGBT advocate says.
The extent of the benefits is not yet clear, but LGBT advocates call for all “benefits available under current law.”
“I have further reason to take pride in the Ft. Bragg military community, knowing that we, as military spouses, are able to come together to support each other, our soldiers, and our families,” Ashley Broadway said of the offer.
A spokesperson says the Pentagon is “conducting a deliberative and comprehensive review of the possibility of extending eligibility for benefits, when legally permitted, to same-sex domestic partners.” The review has been ongoing for more than a year.
A “guest membership” in the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses has been offered to Ashley Broadway, a lesbian married to a Fort Bragg officer. A group for LGBT servicemembers’ spouses, however, calls the offer “offensive.”
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is gone, but don’t tell the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses. The Pentagon is backing the Army’s decision, but the Marines are taking a more inclusive path.
Addresses his past use of the term “Jewish lobby” and his opposition to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer. Among his commitments about out gay service: “I will do everything possible to the extent permissible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all our service members.”
The comments came in a letter to the editor of The New York Times.
Obama’s defense secretary pick is taking more criticism from the left — not just on gay rights.
The move comes in the government’s settling of a case brought by the ACLU.
Opposition to Chuck Hagel because of anti-LGBT positions he took in the past is the way things work now. And Republicans know it.
“Senator Hagel has said he is ‘committed to LGBT military families,’ so, if nominated and confirmed, he should immediately extend, via secretarial directive, all benefits available to married same-sex military couples and families,” OutServe-SLDN’s Allyson Robinson says.
He will implement the law limiting his transfer of detainees “in a manner that avoids … constitutional conflict.” Obama also promises to protect the “rights of gay and lesbian service members” despite a “conscience” clause in the defense bill.
“I wanted to propose at the White House because that was where we went on our first date,” wrote U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps in an email to BuzzFeed about his Saturday night marriage proposal to Ben Schock.
Pentagon officials distanced themselves from the Fort Bragg group’s initial decision to deny lesbian membership in the group.
Officer’s wife excluded for lacking a military ID card. The Pentagon’s nearly 15-month review on benefits changes after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now in the spotlight.
A little more than a year after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ended, one of its key opponents weds her longtime partner at the U.S. Military Academy, her alma mater.
A watershed moment in the LGBT rights movement. “The fight is not over,” says OutServe-SLDN’s new chief, Allyson Robinson.