Gays in the Military

Gay Military Members Reflect on Service Before and After DADT

Silhouettes of service members seen saluting on the backdrop of a multi-colored flag illustrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month celebrations at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., in June 2014. Shelby Kay-Fantozzi/U.S. Air Force

HAMPTON -- Staff Sgts. Blake Briggs and Duane Schroeder could have been fired or denied entry when they first joined the Air Force if they were open about their sexual orientation. Briggs joined in 2009 and Schroeder enlisted a few years earlier in 2007 during the policy of "don't ask, don't tell," which barred openly gay, lesbian or bisexuals ... 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

Ex-Military Officials: Same-Sex Marriage Laws Threaten Security

President Barack H. Obama issued a proclamation declaring June as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride Month. (U.S. Air Force Illustration/ Senior Airman Michael Smith)

A brief by former military officers, suggesting the piecemeal approach to same-sex marriage laws is injurious to national security, was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The amicus, or "friend of the court brief," was filed by the Sidley Austin law firm, based in Chicago, prior to arguments in the Supreme Court scheduled to begin A... 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

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