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Gays in the Military

Policies Overseas Causing Hardship for Gay Couples

Stars and Stripes | Mar 18, 2014

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

Associated Press | Mar 13, 2014

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

Gay, Lesbian Troops Perform in Drag at Fundraiser

Stars and Stripes | Mar 03, 2014

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa -- Since the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, U.S. military bases have hosted a gay marriage ceremonies and a potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and tr... more

Same-Sex Ceremony Held at Fort Bragg's Chapel

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Associated Press | Dec 23, 2013

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - The North Carolina home of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and the Green Berets is opening the base chapel to same-sex ceremonies. Fort Bragg saw Maj. Daniel Toven and Johnathan Taylor exchange vows on Saturday. The pair married in Washington, D.C., in August. The Fort Bragg ceremony wasn't a wedding, which is ba... more

Feds Won't Enforce Same-Sex Veterans Law

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Associated Press | Sep 05, 2013

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a provision in federal law on benefits to veterans and their families defines "spouse" to mean a person of the... more

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