2009

  • December 28, 2009 | The Washington Post
    SLOWLY BUT SURELY, the groundwork continues to be laid for the overdue demise of "don't ask, don't tell." The latest move came on Dec. 22 when Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and 95 House colleagues sent a letter to the Pentagon requesting statistics on troops discharged for violating the wrong-headed ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in...
  • December 28, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    Last week nearly 100 members of Congress sent a letter for Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting details on servicemembers discharged in 2009 under the military's ban on homosexuals serving openly in the ranks.
    The statistics -- how many troops, their years of service, their job specialties -- will be the backbone of arguments in favor...
  • December 4, 2009 | Washington Times

    Frustrated by the lack of action to overturn the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Democrats in Congress are calling for at least temporary immunity so gay service members can testify at the Capitol about their experiences.

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  • December 2, 2009 | AP

    Gay service members who reveal their sexual orientations during congressional testimony would be immune from forced discharges under a bill introduced Wednesday, as lawmakers prepare to consider repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military.

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  • November 10, 2009 | Boston Globe Online
    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration received more research yesterday to help make its case for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

    A survey of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan concluded that having gay or lesbian soldiers in fighting units has no significant impact on unit cohesion or readiness....
  • November 10, 2009 | Boston Globe

    From Boston.com:

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration received more research yesterday to help make its case for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

    A survey of...

  • November 10, 2009 | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    As Lt. Daniel Choi talked about his stint as an infantry platoon leader in Iraq, and constant calls on his talents as an Arabic-speaking linguist, a gruff truism spoken by conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater came to mind:

    "You don't have to be straight to be in the military. You just have to be able to shoot straight."

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  • November 9, 2009 | Boston Globe Online
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration today has more research to help make its case for allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces.

    A survey of troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has found that having gay or lesbian soldiers in fighting units has no significant impact on unit cohesion or readiness. (Read it...
  • November 2, 2009 | Washinton Times
    Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway has emerged in internal Pentagon deliberations as the most outspoken opponent of permitting gay men and women to serve openly in the U.S. military, according to a former senior Pentagon official.

    Most of the senior brass hold deep reservations about President Obama's pledge to end the ban...
  • October 27, 2009 | Stars and Stripes
    Earlier this month, the Commission on Military Justice delivered to Congress its recommended changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    Perhaps the most controversial suggestion is the repeal of Article 125, which makes sodomy a criminal behavior.

    A panel of legal scholars has suggested that Congress remove sodomy...