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Fri Aug 30, 2013, 08:01 PM

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Activist Dies in NY Wreck

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Source: Associated Press

'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL' ACTIVIST DIES IN NY WRECK

Aug. 30 7:36 PM EDT

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic discharged from the Army after criticizing the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy in a 2007 television interview, has died in a traffic accident in western New York. He was 36.

His aunt, Robin Mahoney, on Friday confirmed his death. Manzella lived in the Chautauqua County town of Portland; he and his partner were married in July.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Manzella was driving on Interstate 490 in suburban Rochester about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle sideswiped a car. Deputies said he stopped his vehicle, got out and began pushing the car from behind. He was then hit by an SUV, pinning him between the two vehicles. He died at the scene.

Manzella's December 2007 appearance on "60 Minutes" from the combat zone in Iraq was followed by his discharge in June 2008 for "homosexual admission," a violation of the since-rescinded policy prohibiting service members from openly acknowledging they are gay.

After the television appearance and his return from Iraq, Manzella did media interviews, each a potential violation of the policy.

"This is who I am. This is my life," Manzella said at a Washington news conference before his discharge. "It has never affected my job performance before. I don't think it will make a difference now. And to be honest since then, I don't see a difference because of my homosexuality."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dont-ask-dont-tell-activist-dies-ny-wreck

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Hissyspit Aug 2013 OP
Cooley Hurd Aug 2013 #1
nolabear Aug 2013 #2
Smarmie Doofus Aug 2013 #11
NealK Aug 2013 #3
Pterodactyl Aug 2013 #4
YOHABLO Aug 2013 #5
cstanleytech Aug 2013 #6
YOHABLO Aug 2013 #8
cstanleytech Aug 2013 #9
SoapBox Aug 2013 #7
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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 08:05 PM

1. Damn!!!!

 



Thank you for your service and cross gently, Darren.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 09:29 PM

2. What a tragedy. Every day counts, people.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 11:30 PM

11. Truly. n/t

 

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 09:55 PM

3. K&R and sad.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 10:07 PM

4. I'll never forgive Clinton for that bigoted policy.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 11:05 PM

5. I agree .. Clinton had an opportunity to ban the discrimination and DADT is what we got.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 30, 2013, 11:31 PM

6. Might want to check your facts to get them all correct first.

DOMA passed with a vote of 8514 in the Senate and 34267 in the House making it veto proof so even though he should have vetoed it would have still become law though I suspect SCOTUS might have taken it up sooner if he hadnt supported it as well as all the rest of village idiots who voted yes for it.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 02:33 AM

8. Excuse me .. but DADT is not DOMA

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:21 PM

9. Errrr

permission to bang head on keyboard please? lol

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 02:22 AM

7. Horrible.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 01:10 PM

10. !

 

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