“I miss him so much, and although we are confident things will work out, they haven’t yet,” Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Phelps says of his husband, thousands of miles away. Although the Pentagon is forcing states to recognize married same-sex couples, some of its own policies are keeping gay couples apart.
The Defense Department made the announcement Saturday.
The Pentagon won’t confirm the recognition being granted to same-sex couples at Kirtland Air Force Base. “We can’t have one base recognizing them and the rest of the [Department of Defense] not doing so,” an LGBT advocate says.
“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.
“What the hell are they thinking?” the former DNC chair asks about Obama’s proposed budget. The Democrats’ civil war?
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also clashed with the U.S. military over repeated delays to the scheduled handover of Afghan detainees, New York Times reports.
“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.”
From swirlies to STUXNET.
“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.
With the campaign over and the speech done, LGBT advocates will expect tangible action from the White House.
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.
The comments came in a letter to the editor of The New York Times.
“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.
A strange photo from 2007 shows presumptive Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel dressed up in a Joe Biden costume.
Several LGBT-focused sites have been banned from Pentagon’s computers.
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.
Critics say White House silence “telling.”
The possible defense secretary nominee’s apology “shows just how far as a country we have come when a conservative former Senator from Nebraska can have a change of heart on LGBT issues,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin says. UPDATE: Hormel is less satisfied than HRC is with the apology.
And why hawks don’t like him. He favors an opening to the Islamic Republic, and has opposed sanctions.
“Chuck Hagel is being misrepresented as anti-Israel and ‘soft’ on Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah.”
American Jewish Committee executive director David Harris is “puzzled” by the talk of nominating Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon.
Obama’s flirts with a trio of white guys for the top posts. “If he wants smooth sailing, send us [Michelle] Flournoy,” says a Senate Republican staffer.
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.
Making the rounds in support of her new book Drift, Rachel Maddow has twice mentioned our apparent lack of accountability for military spending. She’s got a point.
The then-candidate “didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers.”
In a new report on defense strategy The Pentagon has added the Internet to its list of war domains. We finally made it?
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