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Obama Urges Court to Reinstate DADT
Obama Urges Court
to Reinstate DADT

Obama Urges Court to Reinstate DADT

... so it can die in a more 'orderly' way

(Newser) - The Obama administration says repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy is going smoothly—but it wants a court to reinstate the ban on gays in the military as soon as possible. For a little while anyway. The Justice Department filed a motion yesterday asking a...

Pentagon Suspends Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Military now accepting gay recruits

(Newser) - When Don't Ask, Don't Tell gets formally repealed later this year, it won't have much of a practical effect: The Pentagon today suspended enforcement of it, reports the Army Times . The military will now accept applications from recruits who identify themselves as gay and won't discharge...

Court Scuttles 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Ruling kills policy ahead of military repeal certification

(Newser) - A federal appeals court has hammered what could be the final nail into the coffin of the Pentagon's ban on gays serving openly in the military. The court reinstated an earlier injunction blocking the military from enforcing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, reports the San ...

Obama on Gay Marriage: 'Evolving,' Warming

President may be considering an endorsement of the issue

(Newser) - Barack Obama was in favor of gay marriage before Senator Obama was against it, and now President Obama is again considering the issue, having said publicly that his views are "evolving." Obama will headline a pair of events for the gay community in coming weeks, and as he...

Half Military Now Trained on DADT Repeal

And it's going quietly

(Newser) - More than a million troops have now been trained on the law allowing gays to serve openly and military officials say that with around half the force now trained, the turmoil some had predicted is nowhere to be seen. "So far this seems to be a non-event," the...

Air Force Boots Gay Pilot Over DADT

Policy still in play, as evidenced by the April 29 discharge

(Newser) - President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act in December, but it’s not entirely safe for servicemen and women to come out of the closet just yet. The Air Force discharged an Airman under the policy as recently as April 29, the Metro Weekly reports....

ROTC Back at Yale After 40 Years

ROTC stayed out of colleges to protest 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

(Newser) - Yale University has agreed to bring back ROTC for the first time in decades after Congress voted to allow gays to serve openly in the military. The university's president Richard Levin and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus planned to sign an agreement today that establishes the Naval ROTC's formal...

Military Chaplains: Protect Anti-Gay Speech

Don't punish troops after DADT is lifted for speaking minds: Letter

(Newser) - Military chaplains are concerned troops could be punished for expressing objections to homosexuality once the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is lifted. Leaders of 21 religious groups that provide chaplains to the US military sent a letter yesterday to the chiefs of chaplains of the Navy, Army,...

Navy: Never Mind, No Gay Marriages Yet

Controversial move suspended until further notice

(Newser) - Well, that didn't last long: Just one day after announcing that its chaplains would soon be allowed to perform same-sex marriages , the Navy is backpedaling. More than five dozen House lawmakers challenged the decision, which would have permitted chaplains to officiate gay unions after Don't Ask, Don't...

Navy Will Let Chaplains Officiate Gay Marriages

New policy takes effect after DADT is repealed

(Newser) - When Don't Ask, Don't Tell is repealed, a big change will come to the Navy: Its chaplains will be allowed to officiate at same-sex marriages. Rear Admiral Mark Tidd, the Navy's head chaplain, made the announcement in a recent memo but noted that chaplains may decline to...

Obama Relying on Gay Donors for 2012

Because some big money donors aren't showing up

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign is hoping gay donors can fill the holes left by the big-money interests that are deserting it. Gay donors have been showing their gratitude for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and Obama's abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, and...

West Point Rejects Lesbian Cadet's Readmission

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still law of the land

(Newser) - Don't Ask, Don't Tell may be on its way out, but it's not gone yet: West Point won't let a lesbian former cadet get back in because the law remains in place, reports the AP . Katherine Miller left the military academy after her sophomore year last...

Chiefs on DADT: Gays Can Serve Openly by Summer

'We've not seen issues,' says Marine commandant

(Newser) - A House GOP hearing on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" didn't have quite the outcome some Republicans were apparently hoping for. Military chiefs testified before the House Armed Services Committee that training is going better than expected, and gays should be able to serve openly by this...

Sailor: Navy Trying to Boot Me Over Sleepover With Male

Stephen C. Jones, friend fell asleep while watching movie, he says

(Newser) - The story, as told by Navy Petty Officer Stephen C. Jones, sounds pretty innocent: On Feb. 5, a male sailor came to his room to watch The Vampire Diaries. They fell asleep. End of story. Except it wasn't. The Washington Post reports that while there's no evidence that anything sexual...

Harvard Brings Back ROTC
 Harvard Brings Back ROTC 

Harvard Brings Back ROTC

Move follows repeal of ban gays in the military

(Newser) - ROTC will be back at Harvard now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed, reports AP . The university will recognize the Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps program, an insider says. Harvard—along with Yale, Columbia, and other big-name schools—gave ROTC the boot 41 years ago amid protests over...

Discharging Gays Cost Pentagon $193M

Each discharged service member cost $53K to replace

(Newser) - Recruiting and training replacements for gay service members discharged under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy cost the Pentagon a whopping $193 million from 2004 to 2009, according to the Government Accountability Office. The analysis found that 1,442 of the 3,664 service members dismissed for being...

Rep: Don't Let Your Gayness Interfere With Mission

Todd Akin explains why repealing DADT wasn't necessary

(Newser) - Rep. Todd Akin has no problem with gays in the military—just so long as their “gayness” doesn’t become an issue. In fact, the congressman was on Fox News last night explaining why the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell wasn’t really necessary, Mediaite reports....

Obama: My Views on Gay Marriage 'Evolving'

He also says repeal of 'Don't Ask' will take months, not years

(Newser) - President Obama today reiterated that his views on gay marriage are "constantly evolving," reports ABC News . Asked in today's victory-lap news conference why he supported repeal of "Don't Ask" but still opposes same-sex marriage, the president said his "baseline is a strong civil union that affords...

Obama Signs Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

'This is a good day!' he says

(Newser) - Barack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law today in a packed ceremony at the Department of the Interior. “This is a good day!” Obama declared to a standing ovation when he entered the room, according to NPR. “The...

Last-Ditch Move to Block 'Don't Ask' Repeal Fails

GOP effort to complicate passage defeated

(Newser) - A final Republican attempt to block the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has failed and President Obama will sign the repeal into law today. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to add an amendment to the defense bill that would have required all four military service chiefs to...

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