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Supreme Court Won’t Tell About Gay Policy

The United States Supreme Court refused to allow a challenge to the existing military policy which prevents lesbians and gays from serving in the armed forces. The famous “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been in effect since the 1990s and President Barack Obama has promisd to end it as soon as possible. The Court refused to rule on an appeal from former Captain James Pietrangelo who was dismissed from the service for violating the gay policy. It said the Federal appeals court which threw out his case ruled correctly that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is “rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.” The Federal court was evaluating the armed forces policy through the lens of a 2003 Supreme Court decision which struck down a Texas ban on sodomy as an unconstitutional intrusion on privacy rights.

Hopefully, gays and lesbians will have their rights restored in the coming months when President Obama finally ends the ridiculous idea about not asking or telling. Gays and lesbians have served their nation and should not have their rights violated.

Wounded Soldier- Pay Up, Not Our Fault You Got Shot!

A soldier whose wounds in iraq forced him to leave the military early got the shock of his life when he opened the mail and found a letter from the United States Army asking him to repay of portion of his sign-up bonus. Pfc. Jordan Fox was asked to repay $2,800 of his $7,500 enlistment bonus because he did not serve out the entire length of time. The military is now checking to find out if any other wounded soldiers received such an idiotic letter. Jordan was partially blinded in the right eye as a result of a roadside bomb. Perhaps, the military felt since he only got blinded in one eye, he was perfectly fit to fire a weapon with the other good eye.

This is just another example of how so many of those brave young men and women who serve in Iraq have been treated. We have a president who argued against the 3.5% pay increase proposed by Democratic congressmen because it was excessive and he initially opposed increasing funding for the VA until forced by the Democratic Party.