On February 11,Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced the Department's extension of certain military "additional benefits" to same-sex spouses which are not explicitly prohibited under the Defense of Marriage Actin addition to "member-designated benefits" which were already available to same-sex spouses. The group disbanded in and several of its members later formed the New York chapter of homophile advocacy group One, Inc. On September 4, Attorney General Eric Holderas required by law, notified Speaker of the House John Boehner that the Obama administration had determined that it should not enforce the federal statutes that define spouse in a way that excludes same-sex spouses. Retrieved Gay men in the militrary 21,
Sexual orientation in the United States military
To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben —94who had been an officer on the German General staff. Gay men in the militrary page was last edited on 27 Septemberat He was forced to resign in March when found to have participated in homosexual activities. The information found on medical records is often inaccurate and may not clearly indicate the choice of the veterans.
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Windsor that the statute under which the U. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses—regardless of sexual orientation—as soon as possible. They wrote that the strong degree of anti-gay sentiment found among entering cadets declined somewhat during their time at the service academies: Inthe Crittenden Report found that gay-identified people were no more likely to be a security risk than heterosexual-identified people, but nevertheless recommended that homosexuals be excluded from service because "Homosexuality is wrong, it is evil, and it is gay men in the militrary be branded as such. DoD officials said the leave was for travel and cited Texas or South Korea as locations that pose problems for same-sex couples seeking to marry.