Gay National Guardsman Discharged for “Homosexual Conduct”

Lt. Dan Choi of the New York National Guard, an Iraq War veteran and West Point graduate, received a letter of discharge from the Army for “homosexual conduct.” Back in March, Choi ‘came out’ as a gay man, along with 37 other West Point graduates, in a group called Knights Out.

As I noted in an earlier blog post, President Obama has openly supported abolishing the DADT (don’t ask, don’t tell) policy currently in effect in the military. However, he has been criticized by many gay groups for not making this campaign promise a priority. Some are calling for him to issue an executive order putting an emergency halt to discharges from the military based on infractions of the Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell policy.

Meanwhile, Lt. Choi will not go silently into the night. He has stated that he intends to fight his discharge. Supporting him is Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, who is a cosponsor of the bill, currently in Congress, which if passed, would abolish the DADT policy.


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