The Week: Most Recent U.S. Military:Gays in the Military recent posts.en-usThu, 22 Dec 2011 09:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent U.S. Military:Gays in the Military from THE WEEKThu, 22 Dec 2011 09:40:00 -0500The Navy's 'precedent-shattering' lesbian kiss<img src="" /></P><p>In the U.S. Navy, there's a tradition in which one sailor leaves the ship first to kiss his loved one on the dock. The homecoming kiss from the just-docked <em>USS Oak Hill</em> on Wednesday was a little less traditional, when two female sailors &mdash; Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, 23, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell, 22 &mdash; briefly locked lips in front of cameras, in the first same-sex "first kiss" of the post-"don't ask, don't tell" era. (See the image at right and below.) "It's something new, that's for sure,"&nbsp;said Gaeta, who had just spent 80 days aboard the <em>USS Oak Hill...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 22 Dec 2011 09:40:00 -0500Heckling a gay soldier: Obama's 'fighting' response to the GOP's silence<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> On Saturday, President Obama gave the keynote address at the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner, and used the occasion to blast his Republican presidential rivals for staying silent when the audience at a recent GOP debate booed gay soldier Stephen Hill for asking about the end of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. "We don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's OK for a stage full of political leaders &mdash; one of whom could end up being the president of the United States &mdash; being silent when an American soldier is booed," Obama said. "You wanna...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 03 Oct 2011 12:01:00 -0400The GOP debate audience's 'disgusting' booing of a gay soldier<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> One of the most controversial moments of Thursday's "confrontational" GOP presidential debate came when co-moderator Megyn Kelly introduced a taped YouTube question from Stephen Hill, a gay soldier serving in Iraq. Hill asked candidate Rick Santorum, "Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?" The Orlando, Fla., crowd responded by breaking into a scattered chorus of boos. (Watch the video below.) Santorum's response, met with thunderous applause, was that "any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 23 Sep 2011 14:44:00 -0400The military after 'Don't ask, don't tell': 4 predictions<img src="" /></P><p>At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the policy preventing gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military officially ended. The demise of the 18-year-old ban came after a long and bitter fight. Activists pushing to repeal it said the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy deprived soldiers of the very civil rights they were risking their lives to protect. But some politicians and military leaders argued that letting gays serve openly would be a distraction for soldiers. How will the military change now that the debate is over once and for all? Here, four predictions:<br /><br /><strong>1. The military will be more honest and...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 20 Sep 2011 15:41:00 -0400Lewd video scandal: Should the USS Enterprise captain have lost his command?<img src="" /></P><p>The U.S. Navy relieved Capt. Owen Honors of his command of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier over a series of lewd, sexually explicit videos he made for the crew when he was the ship's second-in-command in 2006 and 2007. Honors also stars in the videos, which feature&nbsp;anti-gay slurs and&nbsp;simulated masturbation, rectal exams, and lesbian shower scenes, and the Navy said he showed a "profound lack of good judgment" in producing them. Still, was reassigning Honors to a desk job, effectively ending any career advancement, too steep a punishment? (Watch an edited version of Honors' video)...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 05 Jan 2011 11:14:00 -0500'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: Winners and losers<img src="" /></P><p>With a 65-31 vote on Saturday, the Senate cleared the way for the military to end its 17-year-old "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. Eight Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the repeal bill. (Watch <em>The Week</em>'s Sunday Talk Show Briefing about DADT's repeal.) The House had already passed such legislation, and President Obama says he will sign the bill when it reaches his desk, fulfilling a campaign promise. Here's a look at some of the winners and losers from the successful repeal effort:</p><p><strong>THE WINNERS</strong></p><p><strong>Gay service members:</strong> The repeal of DADT "is a well-overdue spoil for...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 20 Dec 2010 11:22:00 -0500'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: Big deal?</P><p>&nbsp;</p><div ><div ><iframe rel="" src="" width="420" height="451" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 20 Dec 2010 09:51:00 -0500'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: The 4 key questions<img src="" /></P><p>Left for dead only a week ago, the effort to repeal the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay service members now has a real shot at success. The House this week passed a stand-alone bill to start winding down DADT, and the Senate could start considering the bill on Saturday. Repeal has the backing of 77 percent of Americans, according to a new poll. Still, it isn't a sure thing. Here are the four key unknowns about the fate of this controversial policy:</p><p><strong>1. Will Republicans Brown, Snowe, and/or Murkowski vote for repeal?<br /></strong>Democrats have 57 solid votes for repeal, plus Sen. Susan Collins...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 17 Dec 2010 09:41:00 -0500Is DADT repeal dead in the water?<img src="" /></P><p>The push to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell" &mdash; the federal policy barring gays from serving openly in the military&nbsp;&mdash; collapsed in the Senate on Thursday, as Democrats fell three votes short of the 60 needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Those who want to end DADT intend to try again, but concede it will be difficult to get anything passed during Congress' lame-duck session &mdash; and next to impossible once Republicans assume greater power next year. What's the upshot? (Watch an AP report about DADT's standing)</p><p><strong>The repeal effort looks finished:</strong> The public, the Pentagon,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Dec 2010 16:12:00 -0500'Don't ask, don't tell': Where the battle lines lie<img src="" /></P><p>The Pentagon this week released a long-awaited report on the potential repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell," saying their is little risk to letting gay and lesbians serve openly in the military. Seven out of 10 members of the armed forces said the impact of lifting the ban would be "positive, mixed, or of no consequence at all." (Watch an AP report about the study.) The report energized people on both sides of the issue as the lame-duck Senate prepares for a possible vote on repealing the law before Christmas. Aside from soldiers, where do other influential players line up in this contentious debate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 01 Dec 2010 15:00:00 -0500Don't ask, don't tell: McCain vs. McCain?<img src="" /></P><p>Sen. John McCain is leading the fight against repealing "Don't ask, don't tell," but he's running into fierce opposition &mdash; from his own wife. Appearing in a star-studded ad designed to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying, Cindy McCain criticizes "our country's political leaders" for refusing to let lesbians and gay men "serve our country openly." Mrs. McCain later said, via Twitter, that she supports NOH8, the group behind the ad, but also stands by her husband's position on "Don't ask, don't tell." So what do Mrs. McCain's seemingly conflicting statements really mean? (Watch the ad)<br /><br /><strong>The...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 15 Nov 2010 18:47:00 -0500'Don't ask, don't tell': What happens now?<img src="" /></P><p>After a U.S. District judge refused to budge on overturning "Don't ask, don't tell," the Pentagon has ordered military recruiters to accept application from openly gay Americans. President Obama has said DADT "will end on my watch," but he wants to wait for a report from the military on the implications of ending the ban. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is expected to appeal the ruling by California Judge Virginia Phillips. So, given the conflicting agendas, where do things really stand? (Watch an AP report about the decision)</p><p><strong>Behind the headlines are important caveats:</strong> This hardly settles...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 20 Oct 2010 13:21:00 -0400'Don't ask, don't tell': The final countdown?<img src="" /></P><p>By ordering the Pentagon to stop enforcing "Don't ask, don't tell," a U.S. district judge has triggered a new showdown over the ban on gays in the military. Amid Pentagon warnings that abruptly ending the policy would threaten U.S. troops' "readiness," the Obama administration is appealing the decision &mdash; by Judge Virginia Phillips of California, who has already ruled that DADT is unconstitutional and has agreed to hear new arguments today. With President Obama vowing to let gay men and lesbians serve openly on his "watch," has the time come to resolve this issue once and for all? (Watch...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 18 Oct 2010 18:19:00 -0400The last word: A gay soldier's plea<img src="" /></P><p>I AM A soldier. I am a gay man. I believe there is no greater honor than to serve in uniform. I cannot tell my name.<br /><br />And I'm exhausted.<br /><br />As the country slowly&mdash;very slowly&mdash;approaches a turning point in the debate over "don&rsquo;t ask, don&rsquo;t tell," I want to offer some perspective on what it is like to be a soldier under this policy. On how I, the commander of a unit in the United States military, balance the tasks of soldiering, leading soldiers, and watching over my shoulder, constantly, lest I reveal my true self and risk my career. And, finally, on why DADT not only serves to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 01 Oct 2010 15:45:00 -0400What's next for 'don't ask, don't tell'?<img src="" /></P><p>In a major setback for gay-rights groups, Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a vote on a bill that would have repealed the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Supporters of the bill fear they have lost what may have been their last chance for many years to overturn the 17-year-old law, as the job will only get tougher if Democrats lose one or both houses of Congress in the November midterms. "The whole thing is a political train wreck," said Richard Socarides, a former Clinton White House adviser on gay rights. Where does the ban on gays in the military go from here? (Watch the repeal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 22 Sep 2010 16:17:00 -0400'Don't ask, don't tell' ruled unconstitutional: First reactions<img src="" /></P><p>The military's ban on openly gay service members is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The 17-year-old policy &mdash; commonly known as "don't ask, don't tell" &mdash; violates gay troops' rights to free speech and due process, said U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips of California, and has a "direct and disastrous effect" on the armed forces by serving "to impede military readiness and unit cohesion." The case was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative gay-rights advocacy group, and argued against by the U.S. Justice Department. What is the impact of this ruling...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 10 Sep 2010 13:10:00 -0400