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  • Gates leaves Boy Scouts presidency, defends gay adult policy

    05/26/2016 5:47:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 8:03 PM EDT | Nomaan Merchant
    Robert Gates became the Boy Scouts of America’s president facing deep divisions within the organization’s membership over whether to let gays serve openly in its ranks. On Thursday, Gates finished his two-year term by arguing the Scouts had overcome that challenge and were ready to reverse years of membership declines. In a speech to Scouting leaders, the former U.S. secretary of defense defended the compromise last year to allow openly gay adult leaders to serve in the Scouts, but give churches sponsoring troops the right to use sexual orientation as a guideline for selecting leaders. …
  • Obama: ‘Bisexual Men and Women in Uniform Make Our Country Stronger’

    12/23/2015 9:33:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 23, 2015 | 12:10 PM EST | ( Staff)
    President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, released a pre-Christmas statement yesterday, celebrating the fifth anniversary of his having signed legislation that allows openly homosexual, lesbian and bisexual individuals to serve in the U.S. military. "Today, Americans can serve the country they love no matter who they love, and openly gay, lesbian and bisexual men and women in uniform make our military stronger and America safer," said the president. ...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Bizarre Gay Marriage Revisionism Doesn’t Fool Those Who Remember

    11/02/2015 8:15:28 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 5 replies
    Reason ^ | 10-26-15 | Scott Shackford
    As President, Bill Clinton infuriated many in the gay community by signing into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which blocked federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which required gay members of the military to remain in the closet about their sexual orientation or be ejected from service. Arguably, Clinton didn't exactly have a lot of room to maneuver. DOMA passed by an overwhelming, veto-proof majority. While it was introduced by Republicans in 1996 (by Bob Barr, who would eventually run for president as a Libertarian Party candidate in 2008 and apologize for sponsoring the...
  • Gay, lesbian Air Force Academy graduates mark a first in 2015

    05/29/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 47 replies
    The Gazette ^ | May 29, 2015
    The Air Force Academy class of 2015 is the first to come through four years at the academy with the open acceptance of gays and lesbians in the ranks. Tricia Heller, a 1987 graduate, and Tara Sweeney, a '95 grad, attended the ceremony to support Lydia Hill of Boston. Heller and Sweeney helped found Spectrum, the Air Force Academy gay and lesbian support group, of which Hill was one of the first members. "We all served under 'don't ask, don't tell,' so it was important for all of us to be able to be open about who we are," said...
  • Beyond marriage, challenges ahead for gay rights groups (no agenda, eh?)

    01/01/2015 6:10:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2015 4:23 PM EST | David Crary
    Even as same-sex marriage edges closer to becoming legal nationwide, gay rights advocates face other challenges in 2015 that may not bring quick victories. In Congress, for example, liberal Democrats plan to introduce civil rights bills in the House and Senate that would outlaw a broad range of discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. However, Republicans will control both chambers in the new Congress, and there is no sign that GOP leaders will help the bills advance. Absent such a federal law, activists will seek to pass more nondiscrimination laws at the state and local levels, but some...
  • Airman serves with pride ,Joins after Don't Ask Don't Tell

    05/08/2014 12:18:37 PM PDT · by ABN 505 · 22 replies
    Us Airforce ^ | 4/28/14 | Nick Diccico
    TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- (This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Between sips of an iced coffee, Airman 1st Class Leslie Wilson, a 60th Dental Squadron dental technician here, talks about her life. She talks about her childhood in Tennessee, going to college on a soccer scholarship and following in her father's footsteps by joining the military. However, she also discusses candidly that she is a lesbian, serving in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues

    01/13/2014 2:29:57 AM PST · by South40 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2014 | Ed Henry
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates sharply questions President Obama's "passion" for military matters in his forthcoming memoir, and claims that practically the only time he saw that in the president was during his push to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." The former Pentagon chief said in an interview aired Sunday that he was "disturbed" by Obama's "absence of passion" when it came to his military strategy. But in the book, "Duty," reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder -- and in personal terms -- by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. "One quality I...
  • Fmr. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Lead Boy Scouts (Architect of lifting DADT)

    11/13/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday chose former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director Robert Gates as its next president, who will face the task of repairing divisions in the organization from a heated debate over accepting gay scouts. As Defense Secretary, Gates supported President Barack Obama's withdrawal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. Congress repealed the ban in 2010 and it was lifted in 2011.
  • Obama To Name Jeh Johnson Next Homeland Security Secretary [obama crony]

    10/17/2013 2:36:54 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 70 replies
    ABC ^ | Oct. 17, 2013 | MIKE LEVINE and MARTHA RADDATZ
    President Obama is expected to nominate former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary, ABC News has learned. --SNIP-- Johnson has called working for the Obama administration "the highlight of [his] professional life." "I have been on an incredible journey with Barack Obama ... going back to November 2006 when he recruited me to the presidential campaign he was about to launch," Johnson said in a speech at Yale Law School last year. "I remember thinking then, 'This is a long-shot, but it will be exciting, historic, and how many times in my life will someone personally...
  • Gay head priest shows how far Canadian military has come

    09/17/2013 4:42:42 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 19 replies
    The Star ^ | Sun Sep 15 2013 | Kamila Hinkson
    In his new job as head chaplain in the military, Brig.-Gen. John Fletcher will be overseeing the religious needs of Canada’s troops, shoring up what the Defence Department calls its chaplaincy’s “inclusive, welcoming culture.” As an openly gay member of the military and Anglican priest for more than two decades, it’s an environment Fletcher has benefitted from firsthand. His recent appointment is in sharp contrast to past military policy, which allowed discrimination against gays and lesbians. Fletcher said he came out not long after a landmark court decision struck down the rule in 1992, alleviating his fears about what could...
  • Report Details Hostility in U.S. Military toward Christian Members

    07/09/2013 5:49:40 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | July 9, 2013 | Penny Starr
    A coalition of legislators and religious freedom advocates warned Tuesday about the growing hostility toward Christians serving in the military and called for a federal statute to protect the religious liberty of troops. The Family Research Council distributed a report, “A Clear and Present Danger: The Threat to Religious Liberty in the Military,” at the press conference on Tuesday at the Capitol detailing incidences of that hostility, including the July 27, 2011 cancellation of a 20-year-old ethics course taught at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California because it used Scripture. On May 31, 2013, a painting that included a...
  • The Political Class - The Devil's Progeny

    06/26/2013 5:15:23 PM PDT · by Noremac · 6 replies
    Blasted ^ | June 26, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    “Just as every cop is a criminal And all the sinners saints As heads is tails just call me Lucifer (cause) I’m in need of some restraint” I’ve always found ‘Sympathy For the Devil’, by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, to be one of the most profound social statements of the classic rock music era. It was a natural for the Stones, what with their rebel, bad boy image and all the baggage to go with it. Who better to channel the artist formerly known as the Prince of Darkness? Granted, there was poetic license in setting to music, the...
  • Pentagon celebrates gay troops

    06/25/2013 12:48:09 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 06/25/2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Pentagon on Tuesday toasted gays in the military, with a top adviser to President Obama declaring the country is “safer” now that homosexuals may serve openly. “Because we repealed ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ our military … is stronger and our country is safer, more equal and more just,” said Valerie Jarrett, the keynote speaker at the Pentagon’s gay pride celebration.
  • In Debate Over Military Sexual Assault, Men Are Overlooked Victims

    06/24/2013 5:34:38 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2013 | JAMES DAO
    ...the majority of service members who are sexually assaulted each year are men. In its latest report on sexual assault, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 service members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. Of those cases, the Pentagon says, 53 percent involved attacks on men, mostly by other men. In interviews, nearly a dozen current and former service members who said they were sexually assaulted in the military described fearing that they would be punished, ignored or ridiculed if they reported the attacks. Most said that before 2011, when the ban on openly gay service...
  • AFA graduation: Class of 2013 told to 'do what is right for our Air Force'

    05/29/2013 4:03:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 21 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 5/29/2013 | Jakob Rodgers
    Beneath a rousing flyover of decades-old warbirds, 1,024 newly commissioned second lieutenants graduated Wednesday from the Air Force Academy - saluting the military's past while looking to its future. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, in one of his last acts as the Air Force's top civilian, implored the cadets to tackle the service's many challenges, a lingering war, fiscal uncertainty and the "scourge" of pervasive sexual assaults during the ceremony at Falcon Stadium. "Each of you is responsible for the character of this Air Force, and its reputation," Donley said. "And I therefore charge you to serve with integrity, and...
  • Homosexual Assaults Becoming a Problem in U.S. Military, DoD Survey Finds

    05/24/2013 2:30:38 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 33 replies
    The New American ^ | 23 May 2013 | Dave Bohon
    A Defense Department survey has found a dramatic increase in sexual assault among the troops -- including homosexual assaults perpetrated by male military personnel. Homosexual Assaults Becoming a Problem in U.S. Military, DoD Survey Finds The New American 23 May 2013 A little over a year after the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) ban on homosexuals in the military was officially dropped, the Department of Defense has admitted that it has a problem with sexual assault by male soldiers on other men. The Washington Times noted that, according to an anonymous survey conducted by the Defense Department among military...
  • Military suffers wave of 'gay' sex assaults ('We've got a male-on-male problem here')

    05/21/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    WND ^ | May 21, 2013 | Unattributed
    A recent military report on sexual assault in the military shocked many in Washington and around the nation, but a leading expert on military personnel revealed the prevalence of men assaulting other men is one of the major headlines in this study. The extended analysis of the report first appeared in Monday’s edition of the the Washington Times. The Defense Department survey of sexual assault in the military during fiscal 2012 estimated 26,000 assaults took place in the armed forces. Nearly 3,000 of them were formally reported. Just more than 6 percent of women reported being victims of assault and...
  • Military sodomite abuse: The untold story

    05/14/2013 9:52:31 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    WND ^ | May 14, 2013 | Judith Reisman
    Exclusive: Judith Reisman estimates true number of males sexually assaulted yearly Snip: So, how do the “charms” we call “pornography,” the hidden sin that abuses youth and maidhood, impact the military? Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Lewis and several military female victims testified to harrowing sexual abuse at a U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, March 13, 2013. Lewis stated he “was raped by a senior petty officer … told by a commander not to report it, and later was diagnosed with a personality disorder and discharged.” Lewis says, “As I demonstrated, men are a majority of the...
  • 'Homosexual predator' at suicide soldier's camp

    05/10/2013 9:07:49 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 12 replies ^ | 10 Jul 2003 | By Thomas Harding
    Colonel Tim Collins has acknowledged the possibility that a teenage soldier who allegedly committed suicide may have been a victim of a "homosexual predator" at a time when both men were under his command. The commanding officer of the 1st Bn the Royal Irish Regiment, who was internationally praised for a rousing speech before the Iraq conflict, conceded in a confidential report that he "would not have them (homosexuals) in proximity of young soldiers again" following the death of Ranger Paul Cochrane. The controversial circumstances of the 18-year-old soldier's death led to an Army board of inquiry report, chaired by...
  • The Military's Secret Shame (homosexual rape of men)

    04/08/2011 8:23:18 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 8, 2011 | Staff
    What happened to Jeloudov is a part of life in the armed forces that hardly anyone talks about: male-on-male sexual assault. In the staunchly traditional military culture, it’s an ugly secret, kept hidden by layers of personal shame and official denial. Last year nearly 50,000 male veterans screened positive for “military sexual trauma” at the Department of Veterans Affairs, up from just over 30,000 in 2003. For the victims, the experience is a special kind of hell—a soldier can’t just quit his job to get away from his abusers. But now, as the Pentagon has begun to acknowledge the rampant...
  • Obama to nominate Army Gen. Rodriguez to lead AFRICOM (shakeup; flashback)

    10/26/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 46 replies
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will nominate Army Gen. David Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter Ham as commander of U.S. Africa Command and Marine Lt. Gen. John Paxton to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Thursday. Both appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. Rodriguez is the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command and has served in a “variety of key leadership roles on the battlefield,” Panetta said. He’s “a proven leader” who oversaw coalition and Afghan forces during the surge in Afghanistan, and “was the key architect of the...
  • The President's Religion - Should he force his personal beliefs on other Americans?

    10/22/2012 8:14:34 AM PDT · by David-Stansberry · 7 replies
    Web site - ^ | 10/01/2010 | Sarge
    THE PRESIDENT’S RELIGION SHOULD THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES USE HIS POSITION AS COMMANDER-IN- CHIEF TO FORCE HIS PERSONAL MORAL VIEWS ON ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL? Historically Americans have expressed legitimate concerns that a President might use his office to promote his personal religious beliefs. From President John Kennedy in 1960, a Catholic, to 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, candidates and presidents have been required to express a commitment not to use the office of the President and Commander-In-Chief to promote their personal moral beliefs. If President John Kennedy had tried to label anyone who rejected his...
  • The Obama Doctrine: Trading Bullets for Sex-Change Hormones in Afghanistan

    10/21/2012 8:42:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10/21/12 | AWR Hawkins
    A female solider is taking the name "Keith" as she begins the hormone treatment necessary to complete her sex change. The soldier, who says she's been married to another woman for two years, is currently deployed to Afghanistan.This shines a new light on President Obama's repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) and shows how that repeal didn't simply allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military. Rather, it politicized the military to new and unheard of levels, moving it further away from its central role as a war-fighting machine and placing it more in more in the arena of...
  • Group: DADT repeal has harmed religious liberty [Chaplains Told To Ignore Bible]

    10/01/2012 7:48:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Baptist Press News ^ | 9/25/12 | Edward Lee Pitts
    One year after the military began allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual service members to openly proclaim their sexuality, some conservative groups continue to call for an end to the change in policy. But their pleas are falling largely on deaf ears on Capitol Hill, where most lawmakers seem content to focus on other issues. The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty (CARL), which represents more than 2,000 chaplains serving the armed forces, said it is cataloging examples of negative consequences that have resulted from the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. After Congress voted in December 2010 for...
  • Paul Ryan Says He's Now Okay With Gays in the Military

    09/27/2012 3:58:37 PM PDT · by Windflier · 129 replies
    CNS ^ | September 25, 2012 | Pete Winn
    ( - Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, told a West Palm Beach, Fla., television station over the weekend that he is now okay with homosexuals in the military and does not want to reverse the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. “I talked to a lot of good friends of mine who are combat leaders in the theater, and they just didn’t think the timing of this was right to do this when our troops were in the middle of harm’s way in combat,” Ryan told WPTV Saturday, when asked about the one-year anniversary...
  • One Year Anniversary of DADT Repeal

    09/26/2012 4:52:56 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-26-12 | CJ
    WARNING: This post is full of sarcasm and bloviation. It reflects my own personal opinions and does necessarily reflect those of this site or any branch of government. If you are prone to calling people who disagree with homosexual conduct “bigots” you may not want to read any further. Otherwise, I’ll call you a bigot for not respecting my beliefs. Bigot! Stick and stones may break my bones...yadda yadda.Yippee! I feel like frolicking through the corn rows in those sexy Marine PT shorts and big, pink sash in celebration. I’m so excited that the military and our federal government is...
  • CREWS: Homosexuals in the military demand special privileges

    09/25/2012 10:04:09 PM PDT · by brityank · 140 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | Col. Ron Crews
    CREWS: Homosexuals in the military demand special privileges Toleration doesn’t cut both waysThe American armed forces exist to defend our nation, not to conduct social science lab experiments in which our troops serve as human subjects. Try telling that to this administration. The first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Sept. 20, has come and gone. Now, there is mounting evidence that proves our warnings were not idle chatter. The threat to freedom posed by this radical sexual experiment on our military is real: It is grave and it is growing. Activists inside and outside our...
  • Paul Ryan says reversal of DADT repeal is step in wrong direction

    09/24/2012 9:07:08 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 84 replies ^ | 09/23/2012 | Alex Sanz
    MIAMI -- One year after the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay and lesbian service members from serving in the military, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in an interview with WPTV NewsChannel 5 that the controversial policy should not be reinstated. "Now that it's done, we should not reverse it," Ryan told WPTV NewsChannel 5 during a visit to Miami. "I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves." Ryan was one of 160 Republicans and 15 Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote...
  • Is Obama gay?

    09/18/2012 8:03:43 PM PDT · by kreitzer · 134 replies
    Just Not Said ^ | 9/18/2012 | John Craig
    Is Obama gay? When I first heard a few days ago that Obama might be gay, my initial reaction was, that's ridiculous. He's married, has two kids, and he's never set off my gaydar. I had read a few years ago about Larry Sinclair, who claimed he had given Obama oral sex when Obama was a state senator. But at the time I just figured that any famous person is bound to attract a few loonies who will say anything to get publicity. But after I read the article linked two posts ago (and directly below), I started reading more...
  • Vanity: Advice for nephew who wants to join (Obama's gay) Army

    09/11/2012 10:49:38 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 50 replies
    My nephew has talked of wanting to join the Army for years, which is why I was especially personally angry when Obama ended DADT and let gays into the military. I knew my nephew would still want to join even though he'd be prey for all types of attacks and be in danger because men can't trust the others in their own units. He's now a senior and still intent on a military future. He has valid arguments: he wants to serve his country and he wants to follow his grandfather's example. I admire that. But some of us in...
  • Majority of sexual assaults and rapes committed in military in 2011 were against men

    09/03/2012 2:02:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies ^ | September 3, 2012
    Rape is not just a nightmare for military women. Of the estimated 19,000 reported sexual assaults and rapes in the armed forces last year, the majority were actually committed against men. Men are assaulted at a lower rate — 1% of servicemen reported being attacked by a comrade last year versus 4.4% of women — but that still translates to more than 10,000 cases compared with 9,000 attacks on female recruits and officers.
  • Romney-Ryan Ticket Out of Touch with Americans on LGBT Equality (Lavender Mafia not happy)

    08/11/2012 8:14:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mitt Romney announced Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate this morning, giving us a 2012 GOP ticket that could roll back much of the progress we've seen toward full equality. Ryan’s voting record in Congress – and his public remarks – make it clear that he does not support the dignity of LGBT Americans; a matter on which he is out-of-touch with the majority of Americans – even those within the Republican Party. Paul Ryan does not support LGBT families, and has voted against allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt. He voted against hate crime protections. He...
  • Brigadier General Becomes First Openly Gay Flag Officer in U.S. Military

    08/10/2012 4:54:14 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 113 replies
    Servicemembers Legal Defense Network ^ | 08/10/2012 | Zeke Stokes
    (Arlington, VA) Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay flag officer to come out while currently serving in the U.S. military. She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in a private ceremony which took place today at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. BG Smith received her stars from her wife, Tracey Hepner. “For years, gay and lesbian generals and admirals were forced to hide their families in order to protect their careers. It is a great day for our military and for our nation when this courageous leader is finally able to...
  • Troops march in SD gay parade - in uniform

    07/21/2012 2:45:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 82 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2012
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Some of the loudest cheers at San Diego's gay pride parade were for active-duty troops marching in military dress. Saturday's celebration marks the first time U.S. service members are participating in a gay pride event while decked out in full uniform.
  • Air Force Rejects Faith--Plane and Simple

    06/24/2012 9:25:30 AM PDT · by fwdude · 18 replies
    Family Research Council - Washington Update ^ | June 22, 2012 | Family Research Council
    In the U.S. Air Force, the one thing leaders are throttling back is faith. When President Obama took office, his policies had a chilling effect on religion across the military--but no branch has taken Christian censorship to extremes like the Air Force. To most people, the turning point came last year after a service-wide memo from Gen. Norman Schwartz. It was a stern warning that religious favoritism and proselytizing would not be tolerated in the Force. Instead, Gen. Schwartz urged "neutrality"--which has since turned to hostility--on faith. Assaults on religion have come in almost daily waves since then, and service...
  • Lady Gaga As Mini Skirted Angel Next To Cross Sings Judas As Gay Dancer Bops Her Head.

    06/20/2012 4:57:24 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 14 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/20/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Irony of Ironies. Known as the chief prophetess for the accelerating gay craze for marital rights, and against the "epidemic" of gay bullying, Lady Gaga has been a prime motivator for the Gaying of America, which seems to have even extended into the U.S Armed Forces under Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who recently had the Pentagon, of all places, celebrate Gay Pride Week. How about a Christian Humility week, Mr. Secretary, where the once staunch man-and-wife matrimony proponent, Barack Obama, can demote anyone in the military who still believes that gayness is against God's law? I'm sure the...
  • Pentagon to Mark Gay Pride Month

    06/15/2012 8:43:42 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 14, 2012 | ap
    Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.
  • Gay students graduate openly at military academies (barf)

    05/27/2012 5:39:34 PM PDT · by kevcol · 44 replies
    seeBS News ^ | May 27, 2012 | Michael Hill
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Gay students at America's military service academies are wrapping up the first year when they no longer had to hide their sexual orientation, benefiting from the end of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that used to bar them from seemingly ordinary activities like taking their partners openly to graduation events. For the first time, gay students at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis were able to take a same-sex date to the academy's Ring Dance for third-year midshipmen. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., officially recognized a club for gay students this month....
  • Colin Powell Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

    05/25/2012 5:50:52 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 20 replies
    BET ^ | May 24th 2012 | Joyce Jones
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell isn’t yet ready to endorse a presidential candidate, but on Wednesday evening, he endorsed same-sex marriage. Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1993 when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was implemented, said in an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer that he has “no problem” with marriage equality and speculated that most Americans are prepared to adapt to changing times. “As I've thought about gay marriage, I know a lot of friends who are individually gay but are in partnerships with loved ones. And they are stable...
  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • Panetta: Gay ban repeal has not hurt morale

    05/13/2012 1:33:08 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – Military leaders have concluded that last year's repeal of the ban on gays serving openly in uniform has not affected morale or readiness so far, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday. "My view is that the military has kind of moved beyond it. It's become part and parcel of what they've accepted within the military,"
  • Romney on DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell)

    04/22/2012 12:31:56 PM PDT · by DBeers · 47 replies ^ | November 9, 2011 | Mitt Romney
    Romney on DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell) Question: How do you feel about gays serving openly in the military. Romney: That’s already occurred and I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage. < Question: But you’re comfortable with it? Romney: I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, by virtue of the complicating the features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on, but those wars are winding down and moving to that direction at this stage no longer presents that problem. November 9, 2011: Romney meeting with the editorial board...
  • Romney voices support for "gay agenda."

    03/23/2012 9:02:36 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | Jan. 8, 2012
    Calls from national media, state activists, and more POSTED: Jan. 8, 2012 Calls and emails have been coming in from across the country. As we've recently reported, former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney publicly re-stated his support for homosexual "rights" in America while campaigning in Iowa last month. This included his agreement with the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the military; he said he wouldn't reverse that. He does say that marriage itself should be one man and one woman — but that homosexual relationships should be recognized, respected, and supported. Romney discusses his views on "gay rights" with...
  • Six months after repeal, military says DADT died quietly

    03/23/2012 12:09:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies · 4+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 19, 2012 | Leo Shane III
    ...Six months after the military dropped the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law barring gays from serving openly, Pentagon officials and gay rights advocates say the policy change has largely been a non-issue, with few complaints and no major headaches resulting from the new rules...
  • TMLC files Suit against Navy Over Repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

    02/24/2012 12:54:02 PM PST · by Thomas More Law Center · 4 replies
    The Thomas More Law Center, this past Tuesday, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of the Navy. The purpose of the lawsuit is to obtain records believed to show intentional deception by the Pentagon to gain congressional support for repeal of the 1993 law regarding open homosexual conduct in the military, usually called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Erin E. Mersino, the Thomas More Law Center attorney handling the case, explained the reason for the lawsuit, “Based on what we know thus far, the Pentagon engaged in a pattern of deception in its efforts to persuade...
  • Recent spike in Fairbanks HIV cases involved military, state says

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A recent spike in HIV infections has been linked to military men in Fairbanks. The Anchorage Daily News ( ) says newly-released public health data shows that the increase is linked to military men finding sex partners online. Data shows that the outbreak involves nine cases of HIV infection from Jan. 1, of last year to Jan. 31 of this year. The state Department of Health and Social Services says from 2007 through 2010, the number of HIV cases reported in the Fairbanks area was fairly stable. However, that changed this last year. Health officials say of...
  • Oliver North: Freedom From Religion (Very good piece)

    02/09/2012 12:59:37 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 10, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — "We don't need you, so shut up!" That's the message the Obama administration has sent loud and clear to America's Roman Catholics. And it's a message now being sent to U.S. military chaplains — to the detriment of our armed forces. During World War II, the War Department and the Department of the Navy urged — the operative word is "urged," not "ordered," mind you — U.S. military chaplains to encourage soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines that God was on our side in the global battle against fascists, Nazis and the godless heathens running rampant across...
  • While we were distracted.

    12/25/2011 2:06:21 PM PST · by OldGoatCPO · 102 replies
    Navy Times | 26 December 2011 | Navy times Staff
    Navy Times is reporting that besides screwing over retirees in the 2012 Defense budget, Congress approved Fags marrying on base. We were busying arguing over who one the budget battle and our Tea Party Consrvative Congress slip us one in the rear. If this were a war heterosexuals have lost, defeated by our own Quislings in Congress. Every day in the military we are bombarded with gay love stories. How in Gods name did we ever win a war without the butt pirates and carpet munchers. There are no conservatives left in American politics. They give fags whatever they want....
  • Repeal of military gay ban gets mixed review after three months

    12/23/2011 1:11:06 PM PST · by massmike · 6 replies ^ | 12/23/2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    Three months after President Obama lifted the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, Pentagon officials say heterosexual troops are adjusting well to the new policy. However, critics say they are just following orders, and many are complaining privately. “I’m very pleased with how it has gone,” Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, told reporters on a recent trip to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops. However, a recent survey by the Military Times newspaper showed a rise in tensions in units with troops who declared themselves to be homosexuals. The online poll from Sept. 26 to...
  • Romney Says He Will Continue Obama's Policy of Having Homosexuals in Military

    12/22/2011 7:24:15 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 245 replies ^ | December 21, 2011 | By Michael W. Chapman – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, says he has no plans to reverse the Obama administration’s repeal of the ban on homosexuals serving in the U.S. military In an editorial meeting in early November with the Des Moines Register, which endorsed him for the Iowa caucuses pending on Jan. 3, Romney was asked, “How do you feel about gays serving openly in the military?” Romney said, “That’s already occurred. I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage.” The reporter followed up, “But you’re comfortable with it?”