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Furor fades a year after military's gay ban lifted

They are images Americans had never seen before. Jubilant young men and women in military uniforms marching beneath a rainbow flag in a gay-pride parade. Soldiers and sailors returning from deployment and, in time-honored tradition, embracing their beloved -- only this time with same-sex kisses.


House Republicans add gay marriage measure to defense bill

The chamber passes the annual spending bill 200 to 120, including the provision that would ban same-sex ceremonies at military chapels. Wading into the gay marriage debate, the Republican-led House tacked a provision banning same-sex marriages at military chapels onto a sweeping defense bill that is now headed to the Senate.


Lesbian couple win Navy's 'first-kiss' honors

Lesbian Couple Kiss: Navy

For the first time, a lesbian couple today marked a time-honored Navy homecoming tradition in which a sailor is chosen to be the first off the ship to exchange a kiss with a loved one, The Virginian-Pilot reports.


Gay and lesbian service members sue U.S.

Gay and lesbian service members sue U.S.

Some married gay military personnel sued the U.S., seeking equal recognition, benefits and the same support as married heterosexual couples.

Senh: They should. They risk their lives for us. That's the least we can do for their sacrifice.


Gay group wants apology from Santorum

A group representing gay conservatives says GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum should immediately apologize to a gay soldier who asked a ...


Obama marks end of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

Obama marks end of 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

President Obama acknowledged the end of the military's ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. armed forces Tuesday, saying that the nation has taken "another great step toward keeping our military the finest in the world and toward fulfilling our nation's founding ideals."


Navy officer weds partner as military gay ban ends

When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state ...


Panetta to certify end to 'don't ask, don't tell'

Panetta to certify end to 'don't ask, don't tell'

Pentagon officials say the announcement will be made Friday. The ban on gays openly serving in the military would end 60 days later.


Supreme Court says anti-gay protesters have a right to demonstrate at military funerals

In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court throws out a lawsuit against Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas. The court says the church has a 1st Amendment right to state its vitriolic message at funerals even though it 'is certainly hurtful and its contribution to public discourse may be negligible.'WASHINGTON — Anti-gay protesters who picket the funerals of U.S.


'Don't ask' expulsion = 50K per person

A new study puts a price tag of more than $193 million for the Pentagon to implement the policy of removing gays and lesbians from military service over a six-year period.


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