Saturday, September 24, 2005

Gays allowed to openly serve in US Military; only during war, however

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From the Washington Blade: Out gay soldiers sent to Iraq Regulation keeps straights from ‘playing gay’ to avoid war By LOU CHIBBARO JR. Friday, September 23, 2005 Members of the Army Reserves and the National Guard who inform their commanders that they are gay are routinely converted into active duty status and sent to the Iraq war and other high priority military assignments, according to a spokesperson for an Army command charged with deploying troops. The spokesperson, Kim Waldron, a civilian who works for the U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga., said the active duty deployment of Reservists and National Guard troops who say they are gay, or who are accused of being gay, takes place under a Forces Command or “FORSCOM” regulation issued in 1999. To read the full article click here ====== So, yeah... the bravery and courage, not to mention honor and patriotism, of openly gay Americans isn't good enough for the US Military during times of peace... but you'd better bet that they will let gays serve openly when it comes time for them to be sent into a war zone to die. Land of the Free? Liberty and Justice for all? Yeah... right.