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.
2nd May 2013
US: Anti-gay pastor Greg Laurie to lead National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon 5
4:43 PM — LGBT campaigners say a pastor who has preached against equal marriage shouldn't be allowed to lead today’s National Day of Prayer events at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill.
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.
13th February 2013
US Christian Group: ‘Allowing same-sex military benefits will reduce morale’ 16
12:50 PM — A fundamentalist Christian organisation in the US has heavily criticised the Pentagon's recent announcement that it will extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
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.
Former Navy chaplain: ‘Gay equal military benefits will lead to heterophobia’ 21
3:39 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006 has criticised the Pentagon's announcement that it may extend some equal benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
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.
16th January 2013
US: Pentagon backs Army base decision to allow lesbian to be barred from spouses’ club 4
4:31 PM — The Pentagon has backed army leaders at a North Carolina base who chose not to intervene in the case of the wife of a lesbian service member who was denied admittance into a spouses' club.
15th July 2011
Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59
3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.
7th July 2011
Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16
12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20th October 2010
Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3
10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.
28th May 2010
US House delivers victory on proposal to overturn gay military ban 14
10:20 AM — The US house of Representatives approved yesterday the proposal to overturn the law banning openly LGB people serving in the military.