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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist During a question and answer session in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Marines that those who disagree with the government's decision to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military will not be able to opt out of their enlistment.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In the wake of the Navy's aborted to attempt to authorize their chaplains to perform same-sex marriages, the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower has introduced a new amendment that will prohibit the unions from taking place on military bases.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist If officials decide to overturn the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy banning homosexuals from serving openly in the military, an estimated 264,600 men and women who are currently serving say they will leave sooner than they had planned.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to allow the 1993 law against homosexuals serving in the military to remain in force while court challenges are in process.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In spite of record wins for conservatives last week, pro-family groups are warning that liberals can still work "considerable mischief" in an upcoming lame-duck session as they seize a last chance to pass controversial legislation.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist With a critical decision on the future of the controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell policy looming in the near future, the new commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps has broken ranks with the president and the Secretary of Defense to say he believes allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces would be "disastrous to combat effectiveness."
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Obama administration has asked a federal judge for an emergency suspension of her recent injunction stopping the enforcement of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips has issued a worldwide injunction to halt enforcement of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military.
by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The U.S. Senate may have dealt a death blow to any chance of repealing the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy" this year when the Senate Majority Leader was unable to muster enough votes to open debate on the Defense Spending bill to which it was attached.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Senate may vote today to open debate on a national defense authorization bill that has been saddled with a variety of liberal amendments such as repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, overturning the prohbition on performing abortions on military bases and extending amnesty to illegal immigrants.
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