12th May 2011
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
28th April 2011
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
8th April 2011
US military chiefs committed to ending gay ban 12
10:35 AM — US military chiefs say they are making smooth progress towards lifting the ban on openly gay troops. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, the leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force and Marines said troops did not appear anxious about the change.
1st April 2011
Gay sailor told he can stay in the US Navy 18
12:24 PM — A gay sailor who was outed has been told by a military panel that he can stay in the Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26 told reporters that the three-member panel apparently agreed with his lawyer's argument that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is now dead.
31st March 2011
US gay sailor outed by colleague faces dismissal 18
4:12 PM — A gay US sailor is facing dismissal after a colleague outed him. Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado, 26, is to appear before a private military hearing today where he will find out if he is to be fired under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
18th December 2010
Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military 38
8:36 PM — The US Senate has voted 65 to 31 to repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. Since the ban was introduced in 1993, more than 13,500 LGBT service personnel have been dismissed from the military.
3rd December 2010
Gay military ban ‘helps spread diseases’ 14
5:43 PM — The ban on out gay soldiers in the US military may contribute to the spread of sexually-transmitted disease, a doctor has claimed. Dr Kenneth Katz, an STD specialist in San Diego County's Health and Human Services Agency, said that soldiers could not be honest with medical staff about their sexual histories.
30th November 2010
Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10
8:22 PM — A Pentagon report says that the ban on out gay troops in the US military can be lifted safely without too much disruption. The report, released today, said that the ban could even be lifted now, in wartime, without harming troops or the military's ability to do its job.
24th November 2010
Video: Fox News refuses to air gay military ban ad 13
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.
Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1
3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.
23rd November 2010
Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2
10:46 AM — No US troops have been fired for being gay in the last month, the Pentagon has said. Last month, defence secretary Robert Gates tightened the rules on dismissals, placing the power to sack out gay troops in the hands of just three officials.
18th November 2010
US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6
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.
16th November 2010
Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7
3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.
12th November 2010
New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6
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.
Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2
12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.
11th November 2010
Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8
12:15 PM — A Pentagon report says that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell will have have minimal risk to the war effort and troops' safety, sources say. The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the document, says that more than 70 per cent of the troops surveyed said the effect of lifting the ban would be positive, mixed or non-existent.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
2nd November 2010
Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13
11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.
29th October 2010
‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9
10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.