1st November 2013
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
12th May 2011
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
26th January 2011
Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3
2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.
7th December 2010
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
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
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.
22nd October 2010
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3
3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.
22nd February 2010
Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4
3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.
4th February 2010
Colin Powell says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed 14
12:59 PM — Former US secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff chairman Colin Powell has said he thinks the military gay ban should be repealed. Powell was previously in favour of the 1993 ban and helped pass the legislation.
2nd February 2010
Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3
7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".
Pentagon to begin year-long review to repeal military gay ban 10
6:00 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to confirm today (Tuesday) Pentagon plans to begin rolling back the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
1st February 2010
Repealing military gay ban a priority for Obama in 2010 6
12:06 PM — US president Barack Obama will treat repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority this year, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, the White House has been holding meetings on the issue for the past year with defence secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.