By Dan Ross
I am married to Lieutenant Gary Ross. He graduated from high school a year early and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1995 at the age of 17. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was already in effect and the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) went into effect the following year. After a few years, Gary decided to become an officer and he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He began school in 1998 and I met him on a dating website in 2000. We have been in a committed relationship for over 13 years. Gary graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002 and his class was the first class to graduate into war after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He has been assigned to several ships and he is currently the Combat Systems Officer on U.S.S. ANCHORAGE (LPD 23) in San Diego.
It is now official; in less then seven months from today, the United States could grant gay and lesbian Americans the right to marry in all fifty states. Or just some. None at all. Or punt the issue entirely. Wait, what?
By Eddy Sweeney
In a historic moment for the United States, President Barack Obama has been reelected as the 44th President, the first African American to win reelection in our nation’s history. OutServe-SLDN newly installed Executive Director, Allyson Robinson, praised tonight’s decision: “It’s clear from tonight’s results that Americans have no desire to turn the clock back on our drive to full equality.”
Races and Ballot initiatives to Watch
By Eddy Sweeney
Is it just me or does it seem like the 2012 campaign has been going on since the founding of our esteemed Republic? As a self-professed political junkie, who spends any spare moment frantically checking Twitter, the Political Wire, or Real Clear Politics for new polling updates, even I’m exhausted. But alas, in less than 24 hours, the results of this year’s historic election will finally be revealed.
Without DOMA’s demise, military same-gender families will continue to bear an extra financial burden and have to jump through hoops to be a part of the larger military family. They will pay out of pocket for moving their family during a PCS. They will continue to be denied access to military healthcare, base facilities, and certain support services available only to military spouses.
By Shaun Knittel
Online News Editor
Congressman Jim McDermott (WA-7) and Congressman Leonard Boswell (IA-3) urged leaders of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee this week, to work with them in getting the Pentagon to use all of its unspent suicide prevention funds to reach more service members as soon as possible, and to go even
By David Small
I was impressed by the invitation of an LGBT group to be among those with an influential voice in the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week.
The Log Cabin Republicans were able to insert themselves into the platform debates this last week at the official invitation of the Republican National Convention. Four years ago,
Capt. Joan Darrah has written a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA), chair of the national Republican Party platform committee, asking to address the committee in support of the freedom to marry and the recognition of all marriages when it meets in Tampa next week.