Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Stout's Out—Army Purges Gay Soldier

As I predicted back in April when this story first broke, Sgt. Robert Stout, a decorated soldier from the 9th Engineer Battalion who was wounded in Iraq, has been discharged from the Army. His crime? Stout is openly gay.

The high-minded bigots over at the Pentagon have decided, in the words of our embarrassing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, that Stout is not qualified to serve his country because his presence poses "an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."

That Stout and soldiers like him could be so summarily cast aside at a time when the military is having such a horrible time with troop retention and recruitment is testament to just how vehemently the armed forces cling to their homophobia.

Here's a suggestion: If they want to increase morale and promote good order and discipline, why don't they focus more on their huge torture problem and less on their hateful anti-gay purges? Now, there's a question worth asking.
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