Gays in the Military

Few Veterans Expelled under 'Don't Ask' Policy Seek Remedy

Former U.S. Army soldier Danny Ingram poses for a portrait on June 22 at his home in Atlanta. He was one of the first to be expelled after “don't ask, don't tell” was enacted. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Less than 8 percent of veterans expelled from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy have applied to upgrade their discharges to honorable, or strip references to their sexual orientation from their record. In the nearly five years since the repeal of the policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, f... more

Ruling a Step Forward for Gay Service Members, But Questions Remain

Army Lt. Col. Josh Hawley-Molloy, left, poses with his husband, Johnathon, and daughter Kylie. Courtesy of Sarah Clapp

NAPLES, Italy -- When Army Lt. Col. Josh Hawley-Molloy arrived for duty in San Antonio with his husband, Johnathon, and their 2-year-old daughter, Kylie, he wondered how his family would fare in a state that didn't recognize their marriage. "One of our big fears was that we would not be able to make decisions for each other, that our parental r... more

Officer Describes Life After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Brigadier General Tammy Smith

WASHINGTON – Defense Department efforts to increase diversity in its workforce welcomes talented people to hire on and help protect national security, the deputy chief of staff of the Army Reserve said last week. In a DoD News interview, Army Brig. Gen. Tammy S. Smith discussed the importance of leadership, this year’s theme for DoD’s Lesbian, ... more

Commander Wants Navy Chaplain Removed for Alleged Anti-Gay Remarks

Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Wesley Modder, shown holding the ceremonial oar given to him by Naval Special Warfare Command. Modder may be forced out of the Navy for allegedly scolding sailors for homosexuality and premarital sex. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LIBERTY I

WASHINGTON — The commander of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command wants a Pentecostal Navy chaplain removed from his post and barred from promotion for allegedly railing against homosexuality and pre-marital sex and acting in a discriminatory manner. In a Feb. 17 memo to Navy Personnel Command, NNPTC commander Capt. Jon Fahs requested that Lt.... more

Gay Vets Can March in Boston St. Patrick's Parade

United States Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front, assists in holding an OutVets banner while marching with at a Veterans Day parade, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the sponsors of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade will allow a group representing the gay community to participate, drawing cheers from Mayor Martin Walsh, who boycotted the event last year over the exclusion. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay ... more

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