A revised Defense Department policy intended to quell criticism of its August announcement of up to 10 days uncharged marriage leave to gay and lesbian servicemembers assigned where they can’t legally marry fails to “fix” the issue of giving same-sex couples a special benefit, says Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Service Committee.
A week after the Pentagon began processing the spouses of gay troops as equally eligible for federal benefits, the Florida National Guard has yet to decide whether it will embrace the policy or follow the path of Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana and refuse to enroll same-sex spouses.
The U.S. religious denomination responsible for the largest share of active-duty military chaplains has prohibited its members from participating in services for same-sex couples, including weddings, counseling sessions and couples’ retreats.
At a time when much of the ground-level U.S. role in Afghanistan is receding, medical evacuation crews continue to play a major part in the conflict, providing a service that Afghans appear incapable of fielding on their own.
Once a favorite destination for travelers on the Hippie Trail, this idyllic provincial capital high in the Hindu Kush mountains is now famous for what’s not there. Three glaring holes in the cliffs that rise over the town tell the story of what Bamiyan lost 12 years ago.
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