Sunday, March 14, 2010

What Cruel Country Fires People For Getting Married: The United States

The Jene Newsome story is bringing new attention to the military's anti-gay policies. Newsome, who served in the Air Force for nine years, lost her career because she got married.

Newsome legally married another woman, and South Dakota police revealed that information to military officials. It appears that the cops were trying to locate Newsome's partner, but she did not assist them. So, they used her marriage as retaliation.

The fact that a marriage can be used as the basis for punishment underscores the nastiness of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and anti-gay discrimination generally. While the sluggish Obama Administration waits another year to "study" how to allow openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the military, professionals like Newsome will continue to lose their jobs -- which the wretched economy makes more traumatic. Shame on U.S.


LETICIA said...

Notice the deafening silence from the White House regarding this. The least Obama could do is try to intervene on her behalf. I guess "support our troops" really means "support our straight troops"

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

This one is really upsetting me. I have seen so many troops get discharged, but her story is captivating. It is generating a lot of attention. These stories are getting a lot of traffic. I hope the President is listening and cares.

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