1st December 2014
US: Loophole could allow trans people to serve in the military
3:38 PM — The US military may have to allow transgender people to serve openly, after changes to the discharge procedure created a legal loophole.
4th January 2014
US: Utah Air Force base gives go ahead to same-sex marraiges
2:24 PM — An Air Force base in the US state of Utah has given its approval for same-sex marriages to take place on its facility.
13th December 2013
US: Pentagon announces that all states are now in compliance with equal benefits regulations 1
7:09 PM — The Pentagon has now confirmed that all 50 US states are in compliance with a directive to allow benefits to same-sex military couples, despite some states initially refusing to do so.
7th December 2013
Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy apparently starts refunding donations 2
3:26 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after an apparently made-up story about being refused a tip by anti-gay customers, has reportedly been issuing refunds to some who donated to her.
27th November 2013
US: Texas National Guard to accept same-sex couples’ benefit applications 1
6:28 PM — The National Guard in the US state of Texas has said it will immediately begin to let same-sex couples register for benefits.
1st November 2013
US: Indiana National Guard says benefits were not denied to same-sex couples, just ‘delayed’
4:07 PM — The National Guard of Indiana has said that same-sex couples were not denied benefits following a Pentagon directive, but that the measure was simply delayed.
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.
5th October 2013
US: Pentagon alerts same-sex married couples of equal federal ethics rules 8
4:30 PM — The Pentagon has sent a memo to alert same-sex married couples that they are now subject to the same federal ethics rules as straight couples.
3rd October 2013
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
2nd October 2013
South Carolina National Guard changes benefit applications to federal offices due to equal marriage ban
7:39 PM — The National Guard in the US state of South Carolina has issued a benefit card to a same-sex couple, and is directing benefit applications to federal installations to avoid a conflict with a law banning equal marriage in the state.
26th September 2013
Video: Pentagon highlights extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
7:23 PM — The US Department of Defense has released a video which highlights a case study of a same-sex military couple receiving equal benefits, following a change in policy earlier this month.
18th September 2013
US: Four state National Guards refuse to enrol same-sex couples for benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
7:45 PM — Four US state National Guards have said they will not follow a Pentagon directive to enrol same-sex couples in benefit programs, all citing their state-wide bans on equal marriage.
6th September 2013
US: Southern Baptist military chaplains banned from performing or supporting same-sex weddings 9
4:41 PM — Military chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not be allowed to perform, attend or support the weddings of gay couples, even if they are held away from military installations, the agency which commissions religious leaders has confirmed.
4th September 2013
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
3rd September 2013
US: Surge of weddings expected as new leave for same-sex military couples to marry kicks in 1
6:30 PM — Beginning on Tuesday, gay members of the US Military are expected to begin emptying their savings, and taking up newly available leave put in place to allow same-sex couples to travel to a state which allows equal marriage.
19th August 2013
US: Christian group says leave to allow gay soldiers to marry discriminates against straight people 21
6:19 PM — A US Christian conservative group has voiced disapproval at the recently announced plans by the Pentagon to allow military service members in same-sex relationships leave to travel in states where equal marriage is legal, claiming that it is discriminatory towards straight people.
14th August 2013
Gay US military personnel to be granted leave to marry in states where equal marriage is legal 1
5:38 PM — The Pentagon has announced that same-sex couples in the US military will be able to get up to ten days leave in order to marry in a state where equal marriage is legal.
8th August 2013
US: Pentagon to extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses by end of August 1
1:32 AM — Reports suggest that the Pentagon is to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of this month.
26th June 2013
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel pays tribute to gay troops in Pride speech
3:26 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid tribute to gay members of America’s armed forces in a speech to mark Pride month.
10th June 2013
US: Gay 9/11 firefighter dies after long period of ill health 6
3:13 PM — The funeral of a gay former firefighter who was among the first to respond to the 9/11 terror attack at the Pentagon will take place on Tuesday.