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Pentagon

Families

Rick Perry Turns Petty

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 11:34 PM September 3, 2013
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Texas has defied last month’s Pentagon directive to extend equal benefits to same-sex couples, and citing Texas law, is refusing to accept their claims.

Families

Military Will Offer 10 Days Leave To Members In Marriage Inequality States Who Wish To Marry

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 9:59 AM August 14, 2013
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The Defense Department will announce a new marriage equality policy today, including leave for those stationed in non-equality states who wish to marry.

Analysis

Follow Me: Military LGBT Will Lead Marriage Equality Implementation

by Guest Author ● 9:38 AM June 28, 2013
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Bridget Wilson, one of America’s top lawyers practicing military law, presents the revolutionary ways life will change for gay service members and their families in a post-DOMA world, although some significant problems remain

News

Hagel, Jarrett and Fanning Speak at Pentagon’s Annual Pride Event

by Tanya Domi ● 6:12 PM June 25, 2013
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, White House offiicial Valerie Jarrett and Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Pentagon official spoke at today’s DoD Pride Event

Don't Ask Don't Tell

Top Brass AWOL At First Pentagon Gay Pride Event

by Jean Ann Esselink ● 12:38 PM June 27, 2012
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First gay pride celebration at the Pentagon, but uniformed brass  AWOL Now that “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is in the rearview mirror, the Pentagon held it’s first ever Gay Pride event yesterday. Keynote speaker and top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson told a standing room only crowd that the transition to open service had gone “better [...]

9/11 Ten Year Anniversary

September 12, 2011

by Clinton Fein ● 4:48 PM September 12, 2011
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Ten years after 9/11 are we just as stupid, pathetic, unsafe, and deluded as we ever were if not more? Unless and until we do something about it Osama Bin Laden won.

Civil Rights

More On The Sexual Assault And Rape Lawsuit Facing The Pentagon

by David Badash ● 11:22 AM February 16, 2011
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Video and the actual legal complaint of the lawsuit filed against Pentagon leaders for failure to stem a culture of sexual assault in the military.

Civil Rights

Breaking: Pentagon Sued In Rape, Sexual Abuse Class-Action

by David Badash ● 8:17 AM February 15, 2011

The Pentagon is being sued to get them to change how they handle and prevent sexual abuse cases. SWAN has joined in support of this class action. Our Tanya Domi will have more on this shortly. For now, there’s this video from this morning’s The Today Show, and the AP report in The Washington Post. [...]

Bigotry Watch

Marine General: Gays So Distractingly Fabulous Straight Soldiers Could Get Killed

by David Badash ● 4:07 PM December 14, 2010
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Newly-minted Marine Commandant General James Amos, who was against repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” before his Commander in Chief promoted him (hello? was THAT a good move?) has once again opened his mouth and let his bigotry sail out. Via Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress: General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps and an [...]

Hey, GOP: The Pentagon Can Deal With These DADT Issues, Why Can’t You?

by David Badash ● 7:13 PM November 30, 2010
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“Will they wear a rainbow flag on their uniform?” Today the Pentagon released the full results of their report assessing how to implement the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Within the report come these verbatim quotes from military service members on what would happen if repeal were to take place. If Secretary Gates says [...]

Bigotry Watch

Pentagon Met For Months With Anti-Gay Hate Group To Study DADT Repeal

by David Badash ● 4:56 PM November 30, 2010
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Today the Pentagon released the full results of their report assessing how to implement the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Within the report comes this interesting tidbit: The Pentagon met for months with the Family Research Council (FRC,) now a recognized anti-gay hate group, according to the highly-regarded Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC.) It [...]

Civil Rights

Pentagon To Senate: PLEASE End Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Before Courts Do!

by David Badash ● 8:10 AM November 22, 2010
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The Pentagon, realizing that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will end one way or another, and probably soon, has asked the Senate to move quickly to repeal the law one court has already ruled unconstitutional. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates this weekend said, “The timing and the legislative approach and so on, that is completely up [...]

Civil Rights

Breaking: Obama DOJ Fights Federal Court’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Decision

by David Badash ● 7:07 PM September 23, 2010
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The Advocate is reporting (initially via Twitter) that the Obama Department of Justice has decided to “counter” a federal court’s ruling rendering “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional. The Log Cabin Republicans, who brought the case to the federal court six years ago, and won just weeks ago, asked for a permanent injunction on all “Don’t [...]

Watch: Dan Choi Speaks After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Ruled Unconstitutional

by David Badash ● 1:34 PM September 10, 2010
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Just minutes ago, former Lt. Dan Choi spoke with MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer about yesterday’s federal court ruling that declared “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional on first and fifth amendment grounds.