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DVA Recognizes Lesbian War Widow as a Surviving Spouse

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Jun 13, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to retroactively recognize the nation’s first known same-sex war widow, Tracy Johnson, as the legal spouse of the late SSG Donna Johnson killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

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.

Repeal of DADT Just the Beginning, Says OutServe SLDN

By Akeem Favor | Saturday Mar 16, 2013
At the OutServe-SLDN national dinner, leaders and veterans took a moment to celebrate their gains before refocusing on the mission -- to serve and protect LGBT servicemembers.

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.

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.

Retired Battleship Hosts NYC Gala a Year After DADT Repeal

By Winnie McCroy | Wednesday Sep 26, 2012
A year after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, top brass, service members and ABC’s Barbara Walters gathered on the Intrepid, a retired Navy battleship-turned-museum, to honor Admiral Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

N.H. Guardsman Urges House Republicans to Stop Defending DOMA

By Michael K. Lavers | Thursday Feb 9, 2012
Charlie Morgan, a member of the New Hampshire National Guard with terminal cancer, traveled to Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act.

Gay Servicemembers Challenge DOMA in Federal Court

By Michael K. Lavers | Thursday Oct 27, 2011
Eight gay and lesbian servicemembers and veterans filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in federal court in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Gay Servicemembers’ Group to Continue After DADT Ban

By Shaun Knittel | Saturday Aug 20, 2011
After after having achieved its stated goal of ending the military’s ’Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ rule, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Legal Network plans to continue to fight against discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces.

With An Eye to September, Gay Military Advocacy Group Releases Post-DADT Guide

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Jul 29, 2011
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has released a comprehensive guide to military service in the post-"Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" world that is slated to dawn on Sept. 20.