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Gay Soldier's Discharge Upgraded to Honorable

Thirty-five years after being kicked out of the U.S. Army for being gay, an Oklahoma City woman has won her fight to have her discharge upgraded from "other than honorable" to "honorable." "It's crazy," said Lisa Weiszmiller, 53, proudly displaying an honorable discharge certificate backdated to June 22, 1979. On paper, it's just like the othe... more

Military Color Guard to March in Gay Pride Parade

WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington's gay pride parade. The Washington Post reports an eight-member color guard team from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington is scheduled to lead off the parade Saturday. The Department of Defense authorized the partic... more

Cemetery Won't Allow Gay Vet Burial Next to Spouse

Madelynn Taylor, a 74-year old veteran, served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1964. Serving in the armed forces was standard in Taylor's family. "It's what we did. When we were 18, you picked a service and joined," she says. Madelynn met her late wife, Jean Mixner, some years after serving her country. The two were married during a church retrea... more

Policies Overseas Causing Hardship for Gay Couples

VICENZA, Italy -- Same-sex marriage is not legal in Japan, although homosexual relationships are widely accepted there.  Same-sex marriage is not legal in Germany, although a majority of Germans support it, opinion polls show.  Yet U.S. Forces Japan is providing spouses of gay and lesbian troops and Defense Department civilians with the same b... more

Gay Veterans Won't March in Boston Parade

BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march.  The executive director of MassEquality said Wednesday the group had reached a dead end in its negotiations with the parade sponsor and won't participate in Sunday's parade.  The pa... more

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