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Infographic: American Heroes Deserve Uniform Workplace Protections

American security relies heavily on the cooperation of the U.S. armed services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and private contractors, but not all of them are afforded basic employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

by Katie Miller | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Freedom to Serve and the Freedom to Work

Veteran at Vietnam memorial book_alt2 icon Report More than 1 million service members and veterans could benefit from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and other common-sense measures to prevent workplace discrimination.

by Katie Miller | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Infographic: LGBT Service Members and Veterans Need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

If passed into law, ENDA could significantly curtail high rates of veteran unemployment.

by Katie Miller | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Cheap Shot: 4 State Governors Are Denying Same-Sex Military Spouses the Benefits They Have Earned

Chuck HagelAlthough the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, anti-gay, activist governors still refuse to treat same-sex military spouses equally at National Guard installations.

by Katie Miller | Monday, October 21, 2013

The Battles that Remain: Military Service and LGBT Equality

Cooper-Harris article icon Issue Brief Even after the fall of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act, LGBT service members and veterans continue to face discrimination.

by Katie Miller and Andrew Cray | Friday, September 20, 2013

Infographic: How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming 1 Military Couple

As the Supreme Court considers overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, it must take into account the ways the law harms our men and women in uniform and undermines our military readiness.

by Katie Miller | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple

play_alt icon Video Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex military spouses are not eligible for nearly 100 spousal benefits freely available to other military spouses. This inequality harms our military families and weakens our entire force.

by Lauren Santa Cruz and Katie Miller | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Collateral Damage

Military book_alt2 icon Report By preventing the military from recognizing the legal marriages of same-sex military couples, the Defense of Marriage Act contradicts numerous military initiatives.

by Katie Miller | Thursday, February 21, 2013

Checklist of Benefits Secretary Panetta Can and Should Extend to Same-Sex Military Spouses

Secretary of Defense Leon PanettaWhile the anticipated Pentagon announcement that it will extend some benefits to same-sex military spouses is progress, anything less than complete access to these benefits leaves the mission unaccomplished.

by Katie Miller | Thursday, February 7, 2013

After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Soldiers in uniform march during a gay pride parade article icon Issue Brief Last year’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a significant step forward for equality in the U.S. military, but change is needed to ensure gay and transgender veterans receive the heath care they deserve.

by Andrew Cray | Friday, September 28, 2012

The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—1 Year Later

DADT streamers article icon Issue Brief Our country is better off today than it was when the ban on openly gay service continued to exist, but our military leaders should work to ensure that U.S. service members, regardless of their sexual orientation, receive the support they deserve.

by Crosby Burns and Alex Rothman | Thursday, September 20, 2012

House Holds Defense Bill Hostage to Social Prejudices

The House-passed National Defense Authorization Act seeks to prevent military chaplains from performing same-sex marriages, setting up a possible failure to pass a defense funding bill, explain Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman.

by Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, October 14, 2011

Statement by John Podesta on the End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Our nation is stronger today because of the end of the military's ban on open service by gay and lesbian troops, writes John Podesta.

by John Podesta | Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What DADT Cost Us

Crosby Burns details how much we lost from the military’s ban on open service by gay and lesbian troops.

by Crosby Burns | Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Don’t Delay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

The military is currently in the process of implementing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, but rather than listen to our military’s senior leaders, conservatives are trying their hardest to disrupt progress.

by Crosby Burns | Wednesday, June 8, 2011