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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1998 | M. THOMAS DAVIS, M. Thomas Davis is a retired Army colonel
In the 1989 film "When Harry Met Sally," Billy Crystal proclaims, "Men and women can never be friends, the sex thing always gets in the way." Nowhere is this more on display than in efforts to integrate men and women into the military.
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NEWS
October 21, 2001 | MICHELLE LOCKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At military bases across the country, troops mobilized for America's new war are saying goodbye to spouses and sweethearts with lingering embraces and teary kisses. Unless they're gay. Homosexuals reporting for possible combat are bound by the "don't ask, don't tell" mandate to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. "There are moments that bring this policy into sharper focus.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2008 | Vimal Patel, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. military is being harmed by prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly, a congressional panel was told Wednesday, the first time lawmakers have examined the "don't ask, don't tell" policy since the law was passed in 1993.
NATIONAL
December 20, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
A vote in the Senate on Saturday cleared the way to abolish the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But questions remain about how the change will be implemented, and it will be months before gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military. What happens next? President Obama is expected to sign the measure this week. The president, secretary of Defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff must then sign a letter certifying that the necessary policy and regulation changes have been prepared and that implementation of the changes won't hurt the military's readiness, effectiveness, recruiting, retention or unit cohesion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court late Friday temporarily suspended its ban on enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, reversing course for the second time this month on how and when the Pentagon must stop discharging gay soldiers and sailors. The Justice Department had argued in a motion filed Thursday with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that congressional action last year setting out a path toward eventual repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" should be allowed to run its course without intervention from the courts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Eugene Nickerson, the first judge to strike down the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays in the U.S. military and who presided over the Abner Louima police brutality trials, has died. He was 83. Nickerson, who served 24 years in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, died Tuesday of complications from ulcer surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in Manhattan.
OPINION
December 3, 2012
When politicians pay tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces, they almost always refer to our "brave men and women," a recognition of the fact that women now constitute 14.5% of the nation's 1.4 million active-duty military personnel. But even though women are permitted to serve, the nature of their service is limited because Defense Department regulations exclude them from most combat positions, a policy that primarily affects the Army and Marine Corps. That would change if four servicewomen who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan are successful in challenging the Pentagon policy.
NEWS
March 31, 1995 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge Thursday struck down as unconstitutional the government's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Ruling in the case of six homosexual service members, U.S. District Judge Eugene H. Nickerson of Brooklyn held that the controversial policy violated their rights to free speech and equal protection under the law.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - A military appeals court Wednesday stayed the trial of accused Ft. Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan after judges found that forcibly shaving Hasan, as a military judge had ordered, would violate his religious freedom. The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, a panel of four civilian judges appointed by the president and based in Washington, issued the order at the same time Hasan was appearing in court at the sprawling Army base in central Texas.
NEWS
May 4, 2003 | Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Writer
It was one of those fateful meetings. Staff Sgt. Evelyn Sosatoledo was working at the housing office on Kadena Air Base in southern Japan, where she had been stationed for about three years, when a friend she knew from Utah walked in. They recognized each other immediately, and old feelings started coming back. Dating, however, was out of the question. Ledell S. Joiner was a civilian when he first met Sosatoledo years before in Salt Lake City.
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