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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be officially lifted Tuesday

Though it’s been months since both chambers of Congress voted to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy disallowing openly gay people to serve in the military, not until this week was the policy officially ended. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will see its sunset on Tuesday. An estimated 14,000…

ACLU challenging half-pay for discharged gays

ACLU sues government over policy mandating half-pay for discharged gay service members The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the government on behalf of a gay former Air Force sergeant denied full separation pay after he was forced out under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Former Air Force…

Dems to push for ‘don’t ask’ repeal in lame-duck session

They admit it could be a tough fight, but senior Democrats are hinting that they will mount a last-ditch effort to try to repeal the military’s ban on gay service members during the lame-duck session of Congress this fall. During a press conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama said the 17-year-old…

Pentagon warns gay troops to stay silent for now

The Defense Department on Friday warned gay troops that if they disclose their sexual orientation now, they could still get in trouble. In a new memo, the Pentagon’s top personnel chief cited a “legally uncertain environment” facing service members during a court battle over the 1993 law known as “don’t…

Maddow: Blindly hoping Senate will end ‘don’t ask’ is ‘not a plan’

After a federal judge issued an injunction against the enforcement of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on Tuesday, hopes were high among gay rights activists that the White House would allow the decision to stand. By Wednesday, however, remarks by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had made it clear…

Mullen criticizes vote to repeal military gay ban

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff supports the repeal of the military’s ban on gays but he doesn’t think Congress should be in a rush to vote on it. Admiral Mike Mullen was critical Sunday of the House’s vote last week to dismantle the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t…

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