1st November 2013
US: Defence Secretary says refusing same-sex IDs is ‘wrong’
1:14 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has criticised nine US states for failing to grant full spousal benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian members of America's armed forces.
8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
25th April 2013
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
27th February 2013
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
11th February 2013
US: Secretary of Defense announces extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
6:31 PM — The US Defense Secretary has confirmed recent reports that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
6th February 2013
US: Pentagon set to extend benefits to gay service members 1
1:23 AM — Reports suggest that that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
10th May 2012
Leon Panetta: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ going ‘very well’ 7
10:55 PM — The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said today that the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) policy, which prohibited openly gay personnel from serving in the military, has not affected military morale or readiness.