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Don't have a lot of information, but MSNBC just reported that a decision came down against the policy of dismissing military personnel simply because they are gay.  Here's a link

It was just a handful of sentences on a morning news update, but the anchor said the decision didn't overturn don't ask don't tell.  The ruling apparently told the military to actually prove why gays are an institutional detriment to the military.

I'll leave it to you to read the link, but apparently the dissenting judge in the 2-1 decision thought the decision didn't go far enough.  Also, the air woman in the case is a nurse who was given a citation from President Bush in 2003 for her service in Oman supporting OEF and was suspended without pay after eighteen years of service, leaving her two years short of eligibility for retirement benefits.

From my personal experience, we had an obvious homosexual in our hodgepodge reserve unit when I was mobilized two years ago.  He was a supply specialist and despite his obvious homosexuality he was accepted by some of the most conservative members in the enlisted ranks.  He eventually came out to his first sergeant before we were deployed because he couldn't live with the lie and helped us finish up our training and mobilization while his discharge went through.  Beyond the fact that I thought Clinton's don't ask don't tell policy was bullshit when I was twelve, seeing the discriminatory policy in action was a disappointing reminder of the ground we still need to cover in to fight for equality in this country.

this was previously posted here by maxomai

Originally posted to slothlax on Thu May 22, 2008 at 02:19 AM PDT.

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