January 8, 2013 Before the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was ended in late 2011, many gays were given honorable discharges — but only about half the discharge pay they were owed. A class action suit on their behalf has now been settled and the withheld pay will be released.
February 27, 2012 The "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military ended last September. Some personnel returning from overseas are celebrating their new-found permission to kiss by posting photos and videos.
September 20, 2011 Across the media, one of the themes in many of the stories is that the policy is going away quietly.
April 1, 2011 Pentagon officials told lawmakers that troops accepted the new policy that will allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military and that they weren't aware of resistance. Nine percent of troops had been trained so far in the new policy. Some Republican lawmakers remained unpersuaded.
December 22, 2010 President Obama ended a busy day in Washington with a news conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.
December 22, 2010 The law barring openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military is coming to an end.
December 20, 2010 In our first hour of Talk of the Nation, the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the tax law compromise on the Opinion Page. In our second hour, choosing a biracial identity, and the end of the DREAM act.
December 20, 2010 President Obama will soon sign legislation repealing the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military. But it will take months for rules and regulations to be drawn up and approved.
December 6, 2010 But the secretary of defense also says "I'm not particularly optimistic" that Congress will vote to repeal the law before it adjourns later this month.
November 30, 2010 The defense secretary also urges the Senate to pass a repeal of the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military before the end of the year.
November 30, 2010 Sources tell the wire service that the study concludes there might be some disruption in the military at first, but no widespread or long-lasting problems.