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Defence

  • 8th January 2013

    Tammy Baldwin: I want to find out if Chuck Hagel really has changed on gay rights 4

    Tammy Baldwin was sworn into office last Thursday

    1:05 AM — Newly elected Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay member of the Senate has said that she wishes to meet with Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel to see if his attitudes towards gays has really changed.

  • 27th October 2011

    Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15

    Married gay troops are treated as unmarried under the law

    4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.

  • 17th October 2011

    US Republican lawsuit: ‘Gays don’t need heightened legal protections’ 22

    Gay people are not 'politically powerless', the filing claims

    1:27 PM — A lawsuit filed by US Republicans says that gay people do not need the same level of legal protection accorded to other minorities because they are "not politically powerless".

  • 7th December 2010

    US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4

    Gay soldiers in the US military must keep their sexuality secret

    5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.

  • 1st December 2010

    Man jailed for killing stranger in gay encounter 14

    James Foley was jailed for manslaughter

    2:18 PM — A man has been jailed for three years for strangling a stranger with his own scarf during a gay tryst. James Foley, 21, of Dartford, had been at a central London strip club when he slipped away and agreed to go to a garden with a 26-year-old Algerian national Fathi Bouchareb.

  • 24th November 2010

    Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13

    The video featured generals from other countries calling repeal a non-event

    5:38 PM — Fox News has refused to broadcast an advert which calls for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The ad, by the pro-repeal Palm Center, features Canadian and Australian military leaders saying that lifting their countries' bans on out gay soldiers were a "non-event" and did not harm the military.

  • 18th November 2010

    US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6

    The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next month

    4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.

  • 12th November 2010

    New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6

    The ACLU is challenging the policy

    4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

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