Michaela Jae Rodriguez
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People, Places, and Events That Shaped Us in 2012

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LGBT Troops Trampled Over “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
This was the first full year in which a person could not be discharged from the military just for being gay or bisexual. The sky didn’t fall, straight troops didn’t quit in droves, and according to official studies, units are every bit as cohesive as they were the previous year.

With all of the success, there are loose ends that must be tied up. The military still does not provide health benefits to service members’ same-sex spouses or allow gay couples to live on base together, and transgender troops still can’t be out about their gender identity. But this major policy change may force the federal government to face issues that the Defense of Marriage Act presents for married troops, while also setting a precedent for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

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