31st December 2012
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
16th September 2012
Study: Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell had no negative impact on US military 14
4:27 PM — A new study has revealed that the repeal of the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military, one year on, had no negative impact on the US military.
7th August 2012
Obama signs military funeral protest ban bill 40
11:53 AM — US President Obama has signed a bill into law which while make protests within 300 feet of military funerals, of the kind favoured by the God Hates Fags Westboro Baptist Church, illegal.
3rd August 2012
Obama nominates gay man as US Air Force Under Secretary 8
3:46 PM — President Obama intends to appoint a gay man for the role of Under Secretary of the US Air Force.
19th May 2012
Republicans hastily add anti-equal marriage coda to a defence bill 54
11:51 PM — In a sign that equal marriage might be made a more prominent issue than previously thought, following President Obama's support for the measure, Republican-led House of Representatives have hastily added a provision on to a large-scale defence bill that would ban equal marriage ceremonies at military chapels.
27th April 2012
Gay marine accepts navy veteran’s marriage proposal at base homecoming 28
3:59 PM — A gay US marine returning from a ten month tour of duty in Afghanistan was greeted with a marriage proposal in San Diego, California this week.
3rd April 2012
Afghanistan: US military investigates soldier raising gay pride flag 41
10:47 PM — The US military has begun formal investigations into a series of three photographs that purport to show a soldier raising a rainbow flag, signifying gay pride, allegedly at a base in Afghanistan.
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.
11th May 2011
US Navy backtracks over gay weddings on bases 13
10:57 AM — The US Navy has reversed its plans to conduct gay weddings on bases, saying that officers need more time to look at the legal issues. The change was due to take place this summer.
28th April 2011
US Marines begin training to accept gay soldiers 86
1:00 PM — US Marines have begun training in preparation to accept openly gay troops. Before President Obama signed an order to repeal the 17-year-old ban, there was concern that the Marines in particular would react badly to serving alongside out gay colleagues.
24th August 2010
Pentagon conducts survey of military spouses on potential repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ 6
11:54 AM — The Pentagon has distributed a 44-question survey to 150,000 military spouses in the USA to gauge their views on potential situations that may arise should the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy be repealed.
13th August 2010
Top-ranking lesbian cadet quits West Point over anti-gay military policy
10:55 AM — A lesbian cadet offered her resignation this week to top US military academy West Point over the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly LGBT people from serving in the US armed forces.
27th May 2010
US Congress may vote on military gay ban today 5
10:42 AM — The US Congress is on track for taking a landmark vote over the issue of LGBT people serving in the military, according to the Associated Press.
25th May 2010
White House supports repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy 5
9:43 AM — The White House has given its full support to legislation that would repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military. President Obama ordered a review of the policy, directing Defence Secretary Robert Gates to gauge the attitudes of military personnel and the effect on morale that repealing the ban might have.