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  • Senate Poised to Legalize Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

    12/01/2011 6:39:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 113 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 12/1/11 | Pete Winn
    The Senate this evening is poised to vote on a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals.
  • Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military

    12/02/2011 1:53:39 PM PST · by IbJensen · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1 December 2011 | Pete Winn
    CNSNews.com) – (Updated) The Senate on Thursday evening voted 93-7 to approve a defense authorization bill that includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, it also repeals the military ban on sex with animals--or bestiality. On Nov. 15, the Senate Armed Services Committee had unanimously approved S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a provision to repeal Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Article 125 of the UCMJ makes it illegal to engage in both sodomy with humans and sex with animals. It states: "(a) Any person subject to...
  • Navy Cmdr Gets Prison in Rape of Female Sailors

    11/30/2011 3:40:46 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 29, 2011 | Staff
    A Navy ship commander pleaded guilty Friday to sexual assault and rape of two female sailors, and a military judge ordered his dismissal and sentenced him to more than three years in prison.
  • Military Benefit Equity for Same-Sex Couples

    11/29/2011 8:25:51 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    Military.com | November 24, 2011 | Terry Howell
    Shortly after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the DoD announced that certain benefit programs are open to servicemember designated beneficiaries, “regardless of sexual orientation.”
  • Top Marine: Fears of ending gay ban prove founded

    11/28/2011 12:51:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 79 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS
    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Marine Gen. James F. Amos, the face of opposition in the military to lifting the ban on gays serving openly, now acknowledges his concern has proven unfounded that repeal would undermine the war effort. In fact, he says, Marines have embraced the change. In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal in September "a non-event."
  • Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 10:19:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 26, 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions. (Pic in URL) Cadets gather for the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center this spring. The center serves cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” (Jerilee Bennett, (Colorado Springs) Gazette / May 3, 2011) By Jenny Deam November 26, 2011 Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo.— In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the...
  • Perry blasts repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    11/09/2011 7:32:05 AM PST · by casinva · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | November 8,2011 | TOM BENNING
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday blasted as “irresponsible” the repeal of the policy that barred openly gay troops from serving in the military, saying “don’t ask, don’t tell” was “working well.” “The idea that the president of the United States wanted to make a political statement using our men and women in the military as the tool for that was irresponsible,” Perry said in an interview with ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour. The ban was lifted in September, ending a provision that President Barack Obama said had forced gay and lesbian service members to “lie about who they are.”...
  • Air Force Academy Backtracks on Christmas Toy Drive Because It’s Too Christian

    11/04/2011 4:51:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 84 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov.4, 2011 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The U.S. Air Force Academy has pulled out of a Christian-sponsored children’s toy drive after commanders were accused of religious intolerance. Mikey Weinstein, an academy graduate who runs the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, said the academy’s participation in Operation Christmas Child is inappropriate because of its evangelical Christian roots. Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham — the son of evangelist Billy Graham. It packs toys and other items into shoe boxes and sends them to needy children around the world, along with a Christian message in each gift. “This is arrogance beyond measure,” Weinstein...
  • Gay and lesbian service members sue government (never saw that one coming /sarc)

    10/27/2011 8:38:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies · 1+ views
    A group of married gay current and former military personnel sued the federal government on Thursday, seeking equal recognition, benefits and the same support as married heterosexual couples who serve in the military. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston says the government's Defense of Marriage Act violates their constitutional rights and asks the military to recognize their legal marriages. "This case is about one thing, plain and simple," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which filed the suit. "It's about justice for gay and lesbian service members and their families in our...
  • Navy Vet in Same-Sex Marriage Demands VA Benefits

    10/14/2011 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Sarajevo · 18 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 14, 2011 | Libor Jany
    NEW HAVEN -- A disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is going to court to try to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize her marriage to her longtime female partner. Carmen Cardona, who filed a notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Thursday, plans to challenge the constitutionality of a federal statute -- and its legal cousin the Defense of Marriage Act, the controversial 1996 law that prohibits the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages -- cited when the VA denied her spousal disability benefits, her legal team said.
  • Gay Military Personnel Ready for First Convention (leaders from 48 chapters around world)

    10/14/2011 9:56:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Skanner ^ | 10/14/11 | Lisa Leff
    Gay Military Personnel Ready for First ConventionOutServe Leadership Summit brings together leaders from 48 chapters around world Lisa Leff - The Associated Press October 14, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The nation's only professional group for active-duty gay military personnel is holding its first conference in Las Vegas this weekend, an event only made possible by the recent lifting of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibited gay and lesbian troops from serving openly in the armed forces. The OutServe Leadership Summit is designed to highlight the diversity of gays in the military and the challenges they face, and...
  • 2,000 Evangelical, Orthodox Chaplains Join Catholics in Opposing Pentagon Directive on SSM

    10/06/2011 1:11:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    CNS ^ | October 5, 2011 | Pete Winn
    Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. (AP Photo.) (CNSNews.com) – A national group representing more than 2,000 military chaplains from evangelical Christian and Orthodox backgrounds said on Wednesday that the Pentagon has launched a “direct assault” on marriage, and the chaplains they endorse will not be allowed to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies under any circumstances.Dr. Ron Crews, executive director of the newly formed Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, said his 2,000-plus membership is concerned about a Sept. 30 Pentagon memorandum that authorizes chaplains and military chapel facilities to be used for “any private ceremony,”...
  • Evangelical Chaplains Refuse to Marry Gay Couples on Military Bases

    10/06/2011 7:56:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2011 | Paul Stanley
    An organization representing more than 2,000 of the nation’s 5,000 military chaplains announced Wednesday they would join forces with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Service, saying they will not perform same-sex ceremonies. The 2,000 members of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a group of evangelical clergy, are concerned about the Pentagon’s memorandum – issued 10 days after the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal took effect – that authorizes chaplains to officiate “any private ceremony.” A Sept. 20 order lifted the military’s long-standing DADT policy, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the armed forces. While the...
  • No Same-Sex Weddings at West Point's Catholic Chapel, Says Military Archdiocese

    10/04/2011 9:34:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/3/11 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Will same-sex marriage ceremonies be allowed at the Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point? “The answer is ‘no,’” said Taylor Henry, director of public affairs and media relations for the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and spokesman for Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who certifies all Catholic chaplains for the armed services. “Holy Trinity is an actual Catholic parish, unlike the non-denominational chapels that are found on other military installations, and the only services held there are Catholic services. The Catholic Church does not perform the sacrament of matrimony...
  • Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    10/03/2011 10:52:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    DailyCaller.com ^ | 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 | Paul Conner
    Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Published: 5:06 AM 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller Bio | Archive | Email Paul Conner   (From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes 2008 visit to the United States. The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who...
  • Obama: Commander-in-chief must support gay troops

    10/01/2011 5:36:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 1, 2011 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says anyone running for president must support the entire U.S. military, including gay service members. Obama's comments targeted Republican presidential candidates. He says they should not have allowed a crowd to boo a gay service member who asked a videotaped question in a debate last month.
  • Obama to headline gay rights dinner

    10/01/2011 6:38:05 AM PDT · by Clairity · 41 replies
    Google News/AP ^ | Oct. 1, 2011 | Julie Pace/AP
    President Barack Obama is headlining the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner Saturday night, addressing the gay rights group less than two weeks after the military ended its ban on openly gay service members, an effort Obama championed. With the president increasingly focused on his 2012 campaign, some gay advocates believe Obama will wait until after the election to make any significant announcement on his position on gay marriage. "He really has been an incredible champion for the issues that are important to us," Sainz said. "It's fair to say we've made more progress in the past two years than we...
  • Pentagon: Military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages

    10/01/2011 1:31:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 30, 2011 | Caroline May
    Just over a week after ending its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, the Pentagon has released new guidelines permitting military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages in states where gay marriage is legal. “A military chaplain may participate in or officiate any private ceremony, whether on or off a military installation, provided that the ceremony is not prohibited by applicable state and local law,” a memo released Friday from Under Secretary of Defense Clifford Stanley read. “Further a chaplain is not required to participate in or officiate a private ceremony if doing so would be in variance with the tenets of...
  • Toby Keith weighs in on gay marriage, military

    09/30/2011 10:54:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 89 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Toby Keith says gay marriage doesn't bother him and trying to stop it wastes time and money. The country superstar tells "CMT Insider" airing Saturday on CMT that he doesn't see the reason behind getting into people's personal lives. He says refusing a marriage license to people because they are gay won't stop them from living together, so it accomplishes nothing. Keith also weighed in on the military's now-repealed "don't ask, don't tell" policy that banned gays serving openly in uniform. He says that anyone with the training and passion should have the right to defend...
  • Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage

    09/30/2011 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pentagon makes provisions for same-sex marriage mug.cnn By: CNN Wire Staff (CNN) - Ten days after the military dumped its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and lesbians in the military, the Pentagon has issued new rules allowing military chaplains to perform same-sex marriages....
  • US: military chaplains may perform same-sex unions

    09/30/2011 9:45:36 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 32 replies
    AP ^ | September 30, 2011
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has decided that military chaplains may perform same-sex unions, whether on or off a military installation. The ruling announced Friday by the Pentagon's personnel chief follows the Sept. 20 repeal of a law that had prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
  • Appeals court tosses gays in military lawsuit

    09/30/2011 9:37:30 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 2 replies
    AP ^ | September 29, 2011 | Lisa Leff
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court refused Thursday to decide the constitutionality of the military's now-repealed "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay troops, saying the issue has been resolved since Americans can enlist and serve in the armed forces without regard to sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco tossed out a lawsuit that had challenged the military policy as a violation of gay service members' civil rights. In doing so, the appeals court also dismissed a Southern California trial judge's year-old ruling that the policy was...
  • After demise of ‘don’t ask,’ activists call for end to military ban on transgenders

    09/29/2011 9:51:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    With homosexuals now able to serve openly in the military, the gay rights movement’s next battleground is to persuade the Obama administration to end the armed forces’ ban on “transgenders,” a group that includes transsexuals and cross-dressers. “Our position is that the military should re-examine the policy, the medical regulations, so as to allow open service for transgender people,” said Vincent Paolo Villano, spokesman for the 6,000-member Center for Transgender Equality. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), which pushed to end the military’s gay ban, is urging President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on “gender identity.”...
  • Women will be able to serve in combat units on the front line within five years (Australia)

    09/26/2011 7:34:16 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Ben Packham
    WOMEN will be able to serve as Australian special forces and infantry soldiers within five years following a greenlight by federal cabinet for the removal of gender-based discrimination in frontline military roles. Defence Minister Stephen Smith today announced a staged-removal of restrictions preventing women from serving in the seven per cent of military roles currently off limits for women. "In the future your role in the defence force will be determined on your ability, not on the basis of your sex," Mr Smith said.
  • A Historic Day plus one year

    09/24/2011 9:27:37 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 7 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | September 24, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    In a press conference with Adm. Mike Mullen Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta joyfully announce September 20, 2011 as a “historic day.” This is the day that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed. The repeal is a blatant use of the military to shape public opinion and force the homosexual agenda and gay marriage on the American people a la Saul Alinsky. Shut up! During the press conference Mr. Panetta said “My hope is that the command structure operating with the standard disciplines that are in place will implement those disciplines and will ensure that harassment doesn’t take...
  • End of DADT paves way for new discrimination

    09/23/2011 8:05:57 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 35 replies
    http://www.stripes.com ^ | September 22, 2011 | ByAlexander F.C. Webster
    On Sept. 20, 2011, a date that will live in infamy, the U.S. armed forces were deliberately and successfully attacked by advocates of the scourge of homosexuality. The elimination of the last vestige of moral restraint on sexual perversion in the U.S. military, commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, ushers in a new Orwellian era in which the military leadership of our nation will proclaim the unnatural as natural, the unhealthy as healthy and the immoral as moral. On Aug. 25, 2010, before the DADT policy was rescinded by Congress and the current president of the United...
  • Now That Homosexuals Can Serve 'Openly' Will They Obey DoD Directives?

    09/23/2011 5:08:35 PM PDT · by RetSignman · 82 replies
    Department of Defense - Directive ^ | Sept. 23, 2011 | RetSignman
    SUBJECT: Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces References: (a) DoD Directive 1344.10, “Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces on Active Duty,” August 2, 2004 (hereby canceled) (b) Sections 973, 888, 101, and Chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (c) DoD Instruction 1334.1, “Wearing of the Uniform,” October 26, 2005 (d) Section 441a of title 2, United States Code (e) through (i), see Enclosure 1
  • At GOP debate, crowd boos gay soldier's question on 'don't ask, don't tell' (Barf Alert)

    09/22/2011 11:29:45 PM PDT · by SideoutFred · 50 replies
    A gay soldier's question about the end of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy elicited boos from the audience at Thursday night's Republican candidate debate, and a promise from Rick Santorum to reinstate the policy if elected. In a video submission, Stephen Hill told the Republican presidential candidates that he "had to lie about who he was" when he was deployed to Iraq in 2010 because of his sexual orientation, and his fear that he would "lose my job." "My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay...
  • Observations on the End of DADT

    I was stationed on Guam in the mid-1980s. My squadron flew search and rescue while on the island and made regular deployments to sea. Aside from my duties as a naval aviator, I was also a division officer and had enlisted men and women reporting to me. Guam is only 13 degrees north of the equator—beach weather every day. Most military people used the military beaches; I was one of the folks who liked to travel around the island. That’s how I discovered one of my men was gay. He was on the beach with his boyfriend, and although there...
  • The Making Of A Raspberry Beret

    09/21/2011 7:23:43 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 16 replies
    Vanity | Reprint | Alan Levy
    Take a break from looking for black helicopters, fellow Extremists! It's short story time here at Absolutely Nobama! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Now, when Drill Instructor gives you the command, you will open your footlocker and break out your shower crap and and your shining crap. Port side shower up, starboard side shine 'em up. Ready....Move!" The one thing Senior Drill Instructor Sergeant Brown hated was slow recruits. Slow recruits, if allowed to graduate, became slow Marines. If Sgt. Brown could say anything with 100% certainty after two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, slow Marines were a danger to themselves and...
  • DADT gone, but unequal treatment of gays still here [Now, it starts]

    09/21/2011 3:01:12 PM PDT · by fwdude · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/20/2011 | Laurence Watts
    (CNN) -- In the very early hours of this morning, "don't ask, don't tell" ceased to be U.S. policy. As a result, today is the first day I can write about being the partner of a gay military serviceman without fear that he will lose his job. ... The battle has only been half won. Gay servicemen or servicewomen can no longer be discharged simply for being gay, but they are still treated inequitably. Only by using their newly won free speech can they hope to reap the same benefits as their straight colleagues.
  • Marines Hit the Ground Running in Seeking Recruits at Gay Center

    09/21/2011 1:14:06 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 83 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2011 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    TULSA, Okla. — Master Sgt. Anthony Henry, a top Marine recruiting trainer for the southwestern United States, pulled up to Tulsa’s biggest gay community center on Tuesday morning and left his Chevy where he could make a fast getaway. “I have an exit strategy,” he said. “I know where my choke points are, I’ve strategically parked my car right on the curbside, I have an out.” But as it happened, one of the strangest days in the history of the United States Marine Corps unfolded without the protests and insults that Sergeant Henry had feared. Sergeant Henry, who had been...
  • Okay to Be Openly Gay in U.S. Military

    09/21/2011 5:11:15 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/21/2011 | Susan Jones
    Navy Lt. Gary Ross, right, and Dan Swezy celebrate after exchanging wedding vows on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 in Duxbury, Vt. The two men recited their vows at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The partners of 11 years married at the stroke of midnight, just as the ban ended. (CNSNews.com) - Nine months after President Barack Obama signed a bill repealing the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that said homosexuals could not openly serve in the U.S. military, the “gay ban” ended Tuesday at one minute after midnight. The...
  • Feds ask court to dismiss ’don’t ask’ lawsuit

    09/20/2011 7:06:39 PM PDT · by massmike · 14 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 09/20/2011 | Associated Press
    Even as federal officials laud the end of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay troops, Justice Department lawyers are trying to dissuade a federal appeals court from deciding if the "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy was unconstitutional. They filed a motion Tuesday asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to vacate a lower court ruling last September that found the ban violated the civil rights of gay service members. The gay political group Log Cabin Republicans, which brought the case, wants the appeals court to address the ban’s constitutional implications.
  • Obama campaign touts repeal of DADT ("Signature Achievement" -- BARF)

    09/20/2011 10:02:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/20/11 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama’s re-election campaign on Tuesday touted the end of the military policy “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” as one of the Obama administration’s “signature achievements.” The ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military officially ended on Tuesday, following a vote to repeal in December. President Obama, who ran on the pledge to repeal in 2008, called it an “honor” to sign the repeal into law in July, setting into motion a 60-day waiting period. In an email, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina called it both a “policy promise” and a “personal promise” kept by Obama to “the...
  • Obama 'proud' of repealing gay ban

    09/20/2011 8:30:21 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 09/20/11 | MATT NEGRIN
    In a statement on the day that “don’t ask, don’t tell” ends, President Obama briefly relives the moment in which he signed the bill to reverse the military’s ban on gays, saying he was “proud” to end it. He also adds a sentence for gay service members who were kicked out of the military before the policy ended: “I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service.” Here’s Obama’s full statement:
  • Memo Marks Official End to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (sigh...)

    09/20/2011 5:58:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 20, 2011
    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the nearly 18-year-old policy that allowed gays to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual orientation a secret, was officially repealed at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The following official Defense Department memo acknowledges the historic repeal. "Effective today," it reads, "statements about sexual orientation or lawful acts of homosexual conduct will not be considered as a bar to military service."
  • Navy officer weds partner as gay ban ends

    09/19/2011 10:15:54 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 191 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 20, 2011
    <p>When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.</p> <p>That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.</p>
  • Lehman rocks Navy with complaints about political correctness

    09/19/2011 11:55:47 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 18 September 2011 | Rowen Scarborough
    The Navy’s former top civilian has rocked the service in a military journal article by accusing officials of sinking the storied naval air branch into a sea of political correctness. Former Navy Secretary John Lehman, himself a former carrier-based aviator, wrote that the swagger and daring of yesterday’s culture has given way to a focus on integrating women and, this year, gays.
  • Lehman rocks Navy with complaints about political correctness

    09/18/2011 12:48:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Navy’s former top civilian has rocked the service in a military journal article by accusing officials of sinking the storied naval air branch into a sea of political correctness. Former Navy Secretary John Lehman, himself an ex-carrier-based aviator, wrote that the swagger and daring of yesterday’s culture has given way to a focus on integrating women and, this year, gays. Pilots constantly worry about anonymous complaints about salty language, while squadron commanders are awash in bureaucratic requirements for reports and statistics, he added. “Those attributes of naval aviators — willingness to take intelligent calculated risk, self-confidence, even a certain...
  • Schwartz: Don’t endorse religious programs

    09/17/2011 9:52:13 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | September 17, 2011 | Staff
    Air Force leaders discovered Christian-based themes in the ethics course for nuclear officers. Top officer has issued a stern reminder to leaders about religion… Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz (to), leaders at all levels… review of all ethics and character development training.
  • 2 lawmakers seek to delay end of military gay ban

    09/17/2011 12:53:17 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Sept. 16, 2011 | Donna Cassata
    Two top Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to delay the new policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military. In a letter to the Pentagon chief this week, California Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, the committee chairman, and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson — two opponents of repealing the ban — complained that the policies and regulations for implementing the change have not been finalized nor provided to the panel. "Since it is evident that the department does not have final, approved policies in place, we believe it is essential that you...
  • Subtle acts reshape military society amid [DADT] repeal

    09/17/2011 8:53:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    Yahoooooo!... ^ | 09-17-2011 | By JULIE WATSON
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Night-long celebrations will mark the final countdown to the historic end of the U.S. military's ban on openly gay troops, and even more partying will take place once it is lifted Tuesday. But in many ways change is already here. Countless subtle acts over the past months have been reshaping the military's staunchly traditional society in preparation for the U.S. armed forces' biggest policy shift in decades. Supporters of repeal compare it to the racial de-segregation of troops more than 60 years ago. For some gay service members, the fear of discovery and reprisals dissipated months...