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  • 21st February 2014

    UK has second most LGBT friendly Army – but US is ranked at number 40 14

    The British Army has been ranked second (Photo: Steve Punter)

    6:54 PM — The UK armed forces have come second in a league table of the most LGBT friendly militaries in the world.

  • 7th January 2013

    President Obama appoints Chuck Hagel — but gay rights groups express reservations 8

    Hagel's appointment must be confirmed by the US Senate

    7:11 PM — US President Barack Obama has named Chuck Hagel as defence secretary, despite a backlash over his previous comments on gay rights.

  • 21st December 2012

    Questions over anti-gay past of Chuck Hagel, tipped to become next US defence secretary 5

    Chuck Hagel was a supporter of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    10:43 AM — Chuck Hagel, who is in the running to become the next US defence secretary, previously suggested an ambassador could be unfit to serve due to his sexuality by describing him as “aggressively gay”.

  • 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.

  • 14th October 2011

    First US military gay convention meets this weekend 15

    The first convention for gay troops is being held this weekend

    4:19 PM — The first convention for gay military personnel is meeting in Las Vegas this weekend. The OutServe Leadership Summit, which began yesterday, is the largest gathering of openly gay troops since Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed last month.

  • 30th September 2011

    Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16

    Military chaplains will have the option of holding gay weddings

    4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.

  • Court dismisses gay military ban ruling 17

    Log Cabin Republicans claimed the law could be revived

    10:31 AM — A US federal court has dismissed a ruling which struck down the ban on openly gay troops as unconstitutional. The law was formally repealed last week but some gay rights campaigners said it could be revived in future if further action is not taken.

  • 21st September 2011

    Marines begin recruitment drive at gay community centre 8

    Marines began targeting LGB people for recruitment yesterday

    2:12 PM — Marine recruiters pitched up at an Oklahoma gay community centre to find openly lesbian, gay or bisexual recruits. The 18-year-old law banning openly gay troops was finally repealed yesterday and Marine recruiters set up a stall at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.

  • 20th September 2011

    Obama praises end of military gay ban 15

    President Obama welcomed the repeal

    5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."

  • US military gay ban ends today 23

    Gay and lesbian troops can now be open about themselves

    10:10 AM — The ban on openly gay and lesbian US troops ends today after nearly two decades. The law, known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military if they kept their sexual orientation a secret.

  • 1st September 2011

    US gay group wants further action on military gay ban 21

    The lawsuit says the ban could be reinstated in future

    5:31 PM — A Republican gay rights group is asking a court to declare the ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.

  • 25th July 2011

    Obama signs certification to end military gay ban 33

    President Obama has signed a certification to end the law

    10:40 AM — On Friday, President Obama and two military leaders signed a certification declaring that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that the ban. known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will officially end in mid-September, allowing gay and lesbian troops to finally be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 22nd July 2011

    US to announce end of ban on openly gay troops 23

    Gay and lesbian troops will be able to come out in 60 days

    10:12 AM — The Pentagon is set to certify later today that lifting the ban on openly gay troops will not harm the military. This means that gay military personnel will be able to be open about their sexuality at the end of September, as the change does not come into affect until 60 days after certification.

  • 27th May 2011

    US House of Representatives passes bill to delay lifting of military gay ban 26

    The US military is expected to lift the gay ban this summer

    5:38 PM — The US House of Representatives has approved a defence bill with amendments to delay the lifting of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The Defense Authorization Bill was approved in a 322 to 96 vote yesterday.

  • 4th January 2011

    Facebook-style site launched for gay US soldiers 5

    The site aims to become a network for gay troops and supporters (Photo: US Army)

    3:45 PM — A social networking site has been launched for LGBT troops and their supporters. Out Military, which looks similar to Facebook, hopes to grow as the US comes closer to repealing the ban on out gay servicemembers.

  • 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.

  • 30th November 2010

    Pentagon report says ban on out gay soldiers can be lifted safely 10

    The ban on out gay and lesbian soldiers can be lifted, the report said

    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.

  • 29th November 2010

    Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10

    Marines were said to be most opposed to lifting the ban

    11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Pentagon: No gay soldiers fired this month 2

    There have been no sackings under DADT in the last month

    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.

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