Breaking: Military to Extend Some Benefits to Gay Partners
February 05 2013 4:13 PM ET November 14 2013 9:05 PM ET

Military to Extend Some Benefits to Gay Partners

Michelle Garcia

Leon Panetta's last week as Defense secretary will see the extension of some partner benefits to gay military personnel.

Chuck Hagel Promises 'Expeditious' Movement on Gay Military Partner Benefits
January 31 2013 2:26 PM ET January 31 2013 9:07 PM ET

WATCH: Sens. Udall and Gillibrand Grill Hagel on Gay and Lesbian Military Equality 

Sunnivie Brydum

The former Nebraska senator reiterated his commitment to fully implementing repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' including extending partner benefits to the families of gay and lesbian service members.

Military Wife Has Focus on What President Obama Will Do Next
January 26 2013 11:41 AM ET

Military Wife Has Focus on What Obama Will Do Next

Lucas Grindley

Ashley Broadway was originally told that because she lacks a valid military ID, which are granted only to wives recognized by the military, that she couldn't join the officers' spouses club.

Soldier Who Was Booed During GOP Debate Calls for Marriage Equality in Military
January 24 2013 12:35 PM ET

Soldier Who Was Booed During GOP Debate Calls for Marriage Equality in Military

Lucas Grindley

A solider who fought in Iraq was famously booed during a Republican debate and has since been an advocate for LGBT equality.

Gay and Lesbian Soldiers Bring Same-Sex Partners to Inaugural Ball
January 23 2013 5:55 PM ET

Gay and Lesbian Soldiers Bring Same-Sex Partners to Inaugural Ball

Sunnivie Brydum

For the first time, gay and lesbian soldiers were able to attend the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball with their same-sex partners.

Anonymous Group Says Hagel Is Too Antigay for Defense Post
January 20 2013 2:59 PM ET

Anonymous Group: Hagel Is Too Antigay for Defense Post

Michelle Garcia

An anonymous group is urging senators to reject Chuck Hagel's nomination for secretary of Defense because, the group says, he is antigay, among other things.

Military Spouses' Club Offer of Guest Membership 'Demeaning,' Says Lesbian Wife
January 18 2013 10:01 PM ET

Military Spouses' Club Offer of Guest Membership 'Demeaning,' Says Lesbian Wife

Trudy Ring

The latest chapter in Ashley Broadway's ongoing effort to join a spouses' club at Fort Bragg finds her declining an offer of a 'special guest membership.'

Pentagon Pressured to Revise Policies, Include Gay Military Spouses
January 17 2013 5:48 PM ET

Pentagon Pressured to Revise Policies, Include Gay Military Spouses

Sunnivie Brydum

In the wake of controversy surrounding the exclusion of a lesbian wife from an officers spouses' club, LGBT advocates are ramping up pressure on the Pentagon to revise guidelines across the military to prohibit discrimination against LGBT service members and their families.

AWOL Transgender Woman Discharged From Marines After 31 Years
January 15 2013 6:18 PM ET

AWOL Transgender Woman Discharged From Marines After 31 Years

Michelle Garcia

A transgender woman who went AWOL from the Marines 31 years ago will be issued a discharge with honorable conditions from the military.

Does Chuck Hagel Know that LGBT Service Members Still Lack Many Military Benefits
January 15 2013 4:01 PM ET

Does Hagel Know Service Members Still Lack Benefits?

Michelle Garcia

Hagel commits to upholding benefits under "current law" and for "the families of all our service members," but LGBT families lack a laundry list of benefits.

January 13 2013 5:33 PM ET

Colin Powell Defends Chuck Hagel

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WATCH: James Hormel Forgives Chuck Hagel, Supports His Confirmation
January 10 2013 8:00 AM ET

WATCH: Ambassador Accepts Apology, Supports Chuck Hagel

Lucas Grindley

The former ambassador to Luxembourg went on the radio to back the Defense nominee's confirmation.

Marines to Allow Gay Spouses in Clubs But Fort Bragg Only Admits Friends
January 09 2013 8:05 PM ET

Marines to Allow Gay Spouses in Clubs, But Fort Bragg Only Admits 'Friends'

Sunnivie Brydum

In response to a recent controversy in which a lesbian wife of an army lieutenant colonel was denied membership to a spouses club, the Marine Corps issued new guidelines mandating that all spousal support clubs operating on Marine bases be LGBT-inclusive.

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