19th March 2013
Study: The Defense of Marriage Act may have cost the US Government over $6 billion 2
5:10 PM — The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could cost the federal budget of the US over $6 billion between 2005 and 2014, according to a report which predicted that the federal law, which bans equal marriage, could be costing money.
15th June 2012
Video: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praises gays in the military 9
3:05 PM — In a video released to mark Pride month, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta praised the contribution of gay men and women in the forces both before and after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
22nd December 2011
Lesbians become first naval couple to share traditional port kiss 17
9:50 AM — Two lesbians in the US have become the first gay couple to share the navy's traditional dockside kiss, when an officer returns home from sea.
21st November 2011
Gay soldier shares reaction to boos at Republican presidential debate 12
12:59 PM — The soldier claims he wasn't trying to score political points with the Don't Ask Don't Tell question, and says it was as much for his husband of four and half months, Joshua Snyder.
11th November 2011
Judiciary Committee passes DOMA repeal bill into Senate 22
10:10 AM — Bill is passed to Congress' upper house, but pundits doubt it will be tabled by the Senate's leader.
3rd November 2011
Campaigners confident Respect for Marriage Act will progress through US Senate 8
3:30 PM — The Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and looks set to pass the first stage of consideration in the Senate
30th September 2011
Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16
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.
16th September 2011
Gay troops prepare for end of military ban 25
11:24 AM — The ban on openly gay US troops will come to an end on Tuesday, 18 years after it was signed into law. Despite some attempts to derail the repeal, the process is on track.
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.
10th November 2010
Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4
4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.
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.
15th January 2010
Pentagon lawyers advise delay on lifting military gay ban 34
3:34 PM — Lawyers for the head of the US military have advised that the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces should not be lifted yet.