12th August 2012
Tammy Smith becomes US’s first openly gay army general 7
6:55 PM — Less than a year after the repeal of the United State’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that banned openly gay and lesbian people in the US armed forces, Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay US army general.
14th June 2011
US defence secretary says progress on gay ban could come this month 14
3:10 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he sees no bar to repealing the military gay ban and could endorse the change at the end of this month. Speaking to Associated Press, Mr Gates said he will back progress if the chiefs of the military recommend moving forward at the end of this month.
24th May 2011
Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57
4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.
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.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
12th August 2010
Gay US Air Force officer sues over dismissal 2
11:25 AM — A gay US Air Force officer who lost his job last year after a false rape allegation forced him to reveal his sexuality has sued to block his dismissal from the military and to overturn the US army's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.