Servicemembers Legal Defense Network executive director Aubrey Sarvis will leave his position in late spring or early summer, more than four years after he took the helm of an LGBT group that proved to be a vital player in the pitched battle over “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal. >>>
Newt Gingrich told the Des Moines Register’s editorial board this morning that gay people have a “significant range of choice within a genetic pattern” and can choose to be straight just like someone can “choose to be celibate.” >>>
Today, lawyers for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network took the next step in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of unequal spousal benefits granted to servicemembers in same-sex marriages, arguing in federal court in Massachusetts that "American service members and their families are among [the Defense of Marriage Act]'s victims, and our national security may suffer as a result." >>>
Ron Paul said heterosexuals in the military were "causing more trouble than the gays" in explaining his support for the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" during an interview with the Iowa State Daily. Paul was arguing that heterosexual relationships in the military were equally disruptive, and, due to the larger proportion of heterosexual soldiers, more likely to occur. >>>
In many ways, the centerpiece dinner of the first OutServe US Armed Services Leadership Summit here was a standard military affair. But as the first gathering of openly gay and lesbian service members drew to a close, there were also tributes to the military personnel whose earlier battles made this moment possible, starting with Leonard Matlovich, the Vietnam war veteran who a generation ago took his fight against the Pentagon’s ban on gays to his grave.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today dismissed the Log Cabin Republicans v. United States appeal as moot, following the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law on Sept. 20. Further, the appeals court vacated the historic trial court decision striking down DADT as unconstitutional, holding, "Those now-void legal rulings and factual findings have no precedential, preclusive, or binding effect."
One of the strangest days in the history of the United States Marine Corps unfolded without the protests and insults that Sergeant Henry had feared. Sergeant Henry, a top Marine Recruitment officer had been invited to set up a recruiting booth on the first day of the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in downtown Tulsa. Instead of protests, there were quiet conversation with a trickle of gay women who came in to ask about joining the Marines.
Senior Republicans on a House defense committee are seeking to delay the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on the basis that Congress hasn’t had an adequate opportunity to review the regulatory changes resulting from the end of the policy — a request the Pentagon has rebuffed. >>>
A California congressman strongly opposed to allowing gays to serve openly in the military is drafting legislation to protect the rights of straight service members who object to the presence of gays.
A gay former Army officer arrested outside the White House for protesting the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military testified at his trial Tuesday that he was proud and willing to go to jail.
Gay service members discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will be able to re-enter the armed forces from that point forward. Some service members whose separations received media attention said their affinity for military service leaves no doubt in their mind that they’ll re-enter the military as soon as possible. >>>
The military is expected to announce Friday that it is ready to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, clearing the way for gays, lesbians and bisexuals to openly serve in the armed forces, multiple news organizations are reporting.
Gay service members from Army soldiers to Air Force officers are planning to celebrate the official end of the
military’s 17-year policy that forced them to hide their sexual orientation with another official act – marriage.
A 27-year-old Air Force officer said he can’t wait to wed his partner of two years. But in the eyes of the military the marriage will not be recognized and the couple will be denied most of the benefits the Defense Department gives to heterosexual couples to ease the costs of medical care, travel, housing and other living expenses. >>>
Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly told Marines on Sunday that they won't be able to opt out of their enlistment just because they disagree with a government decision to
end a ban on gays serving openly in the military. >>>
Supporters of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal are calling for imminent action to implement open service in the U.S. military before Defense Secretary Robert Gates leaves his position at the end of this month. >>>
President Barack Obama and the White House Office of Public Engagement followed up on the president's official proclamation of 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month today with the launch of Winning the Future: President Obama and LGBT Americans, a new landing page at WhiteHouse.gov specifically addressing the Obama Administration's work "to advance Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender equality and strengthen LGBT families and communities."
The U.S. House approved on Thursday major Pentagon budget legislation that includes anti-gay language that could disrupt “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal and would reaffirm the Defense of Marriage Act. By a vote of 322-96, the Republican-controlled House approved the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill after three days of debate that discussed continued military operations in Afghanistan, funding for next-generation military programs and increased pay rates for U.S. troops. >>>
Lifting the ban on openly gay and lesbian troops entails little risk of damaging ongoing U.S. military operations, according to sources familiar with the results of a massive Pentagon survey about the issue. Almost three-quarters of those surveyed -- including hundreds of thousands of active-duty and reserve troops -- said repealing "Don't ask, don't tell" would have positive, mixed or no effects on the military. A draft report about the results, said to be about 370 pages in length, is circulating among top Pentagon officials. >>>