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The Week in Review: December 3-7, 2012

Army veteran, OutServe-SLDN board member weds at West Point Cadet Chapel. Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Board member Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton last Saturday married her long-time partner, Penelope Dara Gnesin, at the Cadet Chapel at West Point. The two became the first to wed in the historic cathedral and only the second same-sex couple to marry on the hallowed grounds of West Point since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the State of New York. To read more, click here.  

OutServe-SLDN praises Senate for passage of responsible defense authorization bill. Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson praised U.S. Senate leaders this week for passage of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that does not include harmful language adopted by the House of Representatives last spring. The House-passed bill would limit the use of Department of Defense facilities, negatively impact military chaplains, and undermine successful "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal implementation. To read more, click here

Department of Defense General Counsel, DADT repeal ally, resigns. Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson released a statement this week following the announcement of the resignation of Jeh Johnson as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense. Read her statement here.

Discharged service members among first to marry in Wasington State. A number of those who will be among the first to enter into same-sex marriages in Washington State are high-profile gay service members discharged for their sexual orientation - including Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer - who say the legalization of same-sex marriage represents the next step forward for LGBT rights. For more on this story, click here

OS-SLDN champagne brunch this weekend in Washington, DC. This Sunday, OutServe-SLDN will host a fundraiser in the nation’s capital to raise resources and support for its ongoing mission to achieve full LGBT equality in America’s military. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here

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By Zeke Stokes, OutServe-SLDN Communications Director |