Panetta (left) and Adm. Mike Mullen (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Uncertain landscape

Military | 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' formally ends, but questions remain concerning long-term repercussions
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 9/20/11, 07:35 pm

WASHINGTON-The 18-year old law preventing gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military formally ended on Tuesday. The long anticipated change came amid at least one formal marriage by a military officer and assurances by top Defense Department officials that the change is inconsequential.

But some Republican lawmakers and other conservatives are worried about the long-term repercussions for both the military and society with the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT).

Read more

Call signs

Navy | The Navy censures a retired officer for not acting quickly enough against homosexual slurs
by Alicia Constant
Posted 7/27/11, 02:16 pm

The secretary of the Navy has censured the former commander of a fighter squadron at Oceana Naval Air Station for not stepping in fast enough to defend a junior officer who claims his superiors harassed him with derogatory homosexual terms.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Gregory Bull

Policy repealed

Military | President Obama certifies the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' allowing homosexuals to serve openly
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 7/22/11, 10:27 pm

WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama and top military officials late Friday afternoon certified the repeal of the long-standing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. The long-expected certification means Obama and his military team believe that military readiness would not be harmed by ending the 18-year-old ban on homosexuals serving openly in the armed forces.

Read more