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Celtic Raven Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 06:39 PM
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Department of Defense to Service Members: Homos Get Half
Department of Defense to Service Members: Homos Get Half
Nov 10th, 2010
Posted by James Esseks, LGBT Project at 3:16pm

There's been lots going on around Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) this fall, from a federal judge ordering the reinstatement of Maj. Margaret Witt, to the Obama Administration getting a stay of an order from another federal judge that would have barred the enforcement of DADT worldwide, to continuing efforts at repealing the law in Congress. The ACLU LGBT Project has just added to the frenzy with a new class action case that challenges another form of discrimination faced by gay service members reduced separation pay.

If you serve six years in the military and are then discharged involuntarily, Congress says you're entitled to separation pay to help ease your transition to civilian life. But the military has a policy not required by any law of cutting that separation pay in half if you're discharged, even honorably, for "homosexuality."

That policy needlessly compounds the discrimination inflicted by DADT in the first place. Take the lead plaintiff in our case, Richard Collins. He was a decorated Air Force Staff Sergeant who served nine years before being kicked out under DADT. He was seen kissing his civilian boyfriend, in a car at a stoplight, when he was off duty, out of uniform, and 10 miles off base. After being discharged under DADT, Staff Sgt. Collins discovered that his separation pay had been cut in half just because he's gay. That was the last straw for Staff Sgt. Collins, and he approached the ACLU. He didn't want to challenge his discharge under DADT, but he did want his full separation pay another $12,000.

We thought it would be easy to get him his full pay and change the rule. After all, President Obama is clearly on record that the DADT law is both unnecessary and harmful to national security. And the separation pay rule is an internal Department of Defense policy that the Administration can change on its own, without Congress.


Read more: http://www.aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/department-defense...



This is just wrong.

:grr:
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 06:46 PM
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1. K&R
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 06:55 PM
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2. When it comes down to it, they just don't give a damn about us gays.
If this is just some internal policy, why not just fix it? The President could do something about this, and he hasn't. Fuck him. I'm gay, and I'm getting sick of this shit. They just want to make it seem like they care about us, but when it comes down to it, they just don't give a damn.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 07:04 PM
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4. Turns out the "hopey changey" thing isn't for homos
Yet another failing of Obama's administration.
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Celtic Raven Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 09:49 PM
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5. I'm not gay
and getting sick of this shit.

The homophobes are all aquiver that you might see their bait & tackle in the shower ... or sleep too close out in the field ... or hell, whatever their argument is this afternoon.

THEN when you're tracked down, your copy of the Gay Agenda ripped from your hands, & you're booted out of the service they also want to keep half of your severance pay.

That is gold-plated bullshit.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-10 06:57 PM
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