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Veterans and Military Families Need Comprehensive Paid Leave Solutions Article
A U.S. Marine looks at his daughter for the first time with his wife during a homecoming at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, December 2016. (Getty/Sandy Huffaker)

Veterans and Military Families Need Comprehensive Paid Leave Solutions

Military service members, veterans, and their families have many reasons they need leave, and, along with all Americans, need comprehensive paid family and medical leave policies.

Diana Boesch

A Crisis Moment for the LGBT Community Podcast

A Crisis Moment for the LGBT Community

Michele and Igor discuss President Trump's announcement to bar transgender people from serving—in any capacity—in the nation's armed forces.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Infographic: American Heroes Deserve Uniform Workplace Protections Article

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.

Katie Miller

The Freedom to Serve and the Freedom to Work Report
 (Veteran at Vietnam memorial)

The Freedom to Serve and the Freedom to Work

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.

Katie Miller

Infographic: How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming 1 Military Couple Article
 (DOMA military infographic)

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.

Katie Miller

How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple Video
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How the Defense of Marriage Act Is Harming One Military Couple

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.

Lauren Santa Cruz, Katie Miller

Collateral Damage Report
The Defense of Marriage Act neither defends marriage nor contributes to the actual defense of our country. (AP/Gregory Bull)

Collateral Damage

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

Katie Miller

After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Report
Sailors march in uniform during the gay pride parade in San Diego. Now that Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed, we must do more to ensure nondiscriminatory policies are in place for our gay and transgender veterans. (AP/Gregory Bull)

After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

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.

Andrew Cray

The Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell—1 Year Later Report
Allowing gay and lesbian men and women to proudly serve their country has proved to be not only a moral victory but also a victory in the United States’ long-term security interests. The country will no longer lose countless qualified men and women each year due to this discriminatory policy. (AP/Isaac Brekken)

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

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.

Crosby Burns, Alex Rothman

House Holds Defense Bill Hostage to Social Prejudices Article
New House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) wants all suspected terrorists in U.S. custody to go to Guantanamo, and his bill would make sure that they never leave. (AP/Harry Hamburg)

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.

Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman

What DADT Cost Us Article
Army troops search a Saddam Hussein-era  military vehicle graveyard outside Contingency Operating Site Taji,  north of Baghdad, Iraq, on August 7, 2011. Seventy-three percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who recently returned from combat are personally comfortable with gays and lesbians. (AP/Maya Alleruzzo)

What DADT Cost Us

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

Crosby Burns

Don’t Delay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Article
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen speak during a media availability at the Pentagon Wednesday, May 18, 2011 in Washington. (AP/Alex Brandon)

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.

Crosby Burns