Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.
Hundreds of same-s-x couples rushed to be the first to marry in New York. But that win bears no resemblance to equality-focused gay rights moves in Australia and other advanced societies.
Why is it so hard to believe a left-leaning politician might genuinely oppose same-sex marriage? The bigger problem for Barack Obama is not even he's sure what side he supports.
President Barack Obama sighed as he put a stroke through one of America’s most talked-about civil rights debates of the past decade: "We are done." Now Greg can call his boyfriend from training camp, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.
US Senator John McCain, once a centrist "maverick" before his presidential run, went apoplectic in the minutes leading up to congress’s historic vote to overturn Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, writes Harley Dennett in Washington DC.
The 17-year battle to allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the US military was, for a few days this week, an accepted relic like the battles to desegregate schools or give women the vote. But there's a spanner in the works, writes Harley Dennett from Washington.
Chief of the Defence Force Angus Houston issued an instruction Monday revoking the policy that effectively banned transgender service members. The ADF is believed to be the last government agency that specifically fired employees for transitioning gender, writes Harley Dennett.
Since the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was enacted in the US military, over 13,500 people have been discharged for making their homosexuality public. But does anything happen to those who break the "Don't Ask" rule?
The days of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' US military policy -- where homosexuals can serve provided they keep their sexual orientation secret -- may finally be limited, writes Tom McIlroy.