Tag Archives: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Most benefits extended to gay military

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a memorandum to the armed services branches Monday ordering the extension of 22 educational, survivor, travel, and transportation benefits to the “same-sex domestic partners” of service members.

SLDN scoffs at DOD’s “14 benefits”

Just one day after being served notice that a federal lawsuit has been launched against it, the Department of Defense issued a press release saying it has “now identified a total of 14 benefits” available to the “beneficiaries” of all

SLDN challenges use of DOMA against gay service members

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund filed suit in a federal district court Thursday (October 27) challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act and its use in denying to gay service members spousal benefits equal to that given to their straight

DADT repeal benefits servicemembers’ children, though inequalities remain

When repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" goes into effect September 20, children of gay servicemembers will reap many benefits. But they will still lack many of the protections available to children with opposite-sex parents because of the federal Defense

9th Circuit gives DOJ 10 days to step aside on DADT

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued yet another order this month, this time giving the federal government 10 days to "show cause" why the court should not dismiss as moot an appeal seeking to defend "Don’t Ask, Don’t

Full House passes Defense bill with three anti-gay amendments

The U.S. House on Thursday, May 26, passed the House Armed Services Committee authorization bill that includes three amendments aimed at delaying implementation of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and shoring up the impact of the Defense of

House Committee approves three DADT/DOMA amendments

The full U.S. House Armed Services Committee approved three amendments late Wednesday night that seek to delay implementation of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and to reiterate Congress's support for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Reaction mixed to Pentagon status report; 9th Circuit case to proceed

Reaction has been mixed to the Pentagon’s status report Friday, January 28, saying training to prepare for implementation of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell could begin as early as next month.

2010: The perfect alignment and the quiet costs

The suspense is over: The U.S. Senate finally took a vote on a bill to repeal the ban on openly gay people in the military and passed it, 65 to 31. Having Congress pass that bill, to repeal Don’t Ask

Historic Senate vote: Congress repeals 17-year-old ban on gays in military

The U.S. Senate approved a bill Saturday, December 18, to repeal the 17-year-old law banning openly gay people from serving in the military. The roll call vote on the measure, which came to the Senate Wednesday from the House, was