Topics :: gay servicemembers

Veterans Affairs Sued For Denying Gay Marriage Benefits

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Aug 20, 2014
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being sued over its refusal to grant spousal benefits to same-sex military couples in states where these marriages are not recognized.

No Military Burial for Wife of 74-Year-Old Lesbian Navy Veteran

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Apr 24, 2014
Idaho says it’s a no-go for 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner’s ashes -- at least not as long as that state continues to ban same-sex marriage.

Pentagon to Extend Benefits to Gay Service Spouses

By Lolita C. Baldor | Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Pentagon will begin the process to extend health care, housing and other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members as soon as possible.

Two Lesbian Military Couples: One Gets Wedding, the Other Discrimination

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Jun 12, 2013
Two lesbian military couples are dealing with marriage in very disparate ways; while Major Shannon McLaughlin and her family get the short shrift over DOMA, Amanda Ortiz and Rachel Murphy of Texas win a wedding at NYC’s gay Pride.

Ft. Bragg Club, In Sudden Reversal, Admits Wife of Female Officer

Saturday Jan 26, 2013
In a sudden dramatic reversal, a club for officers’ spouses at Ft. Bragg has invited the wife of a female Army lieutenant colonel to join after protests against blatant discrimination.

Pentagon Condones On-Base Spouse’ Group Barring Lesbian

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Jan 18, 2013
The Pentagon said it would not interferer with Fort Bragg’s decision to ban the lesbian wife of a female Army officer from joining its club for the wives of military personnel.

Deal Restores Severance Pay for Gay Military Members

Tuesday Jan 8, 2013
Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged due to their homosexuality will receive the rest of their severance pay under a settlement approved Monday by a federal court.

Officers’ Wives Club Excludes Lesbian Army Wife

By Winnie McCroy | Tuesday Jan 1, 2013
The repeal of DADT left the military with a patchwork quilt of who gets what rights and benefits. For same-sex spouse Ashley Broadway, this resulted in her denial to join the Association of Fort Bragg Officers’ Spouses.

Soldier Up: HIV Positive and in the Military

By Akeem Favor | Monday Dec 3, 2012
For those Americans who want to serve their country in the military, having HIV is a dealbreaker, as military policy says soldiers must be able to withstand adverse situations and potential combat scenarios. But what about active service members?

Gay Officer’s Trial Put on Hold

By Jessica Gresko | Thursday Sep 1, 2011
A gay former Army lieutenant who handcuffed himself to the White House fence to protest the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy may be closer to having charges against him dismissed after a judge put his trial on hold Wednesday.