Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Supreme Court Turns Down Challenge to 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to the Pentagon policy forbidding gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, granting a request by the Obama administration.
The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.


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This was in our local paper today:

**Gay soldier wants policy repealed **
http://www.kdhnews.com/news/story.aspx?s=33908
…A gay soldier stationed at Fort Hood, who asked to be referred to under the pseudonym “Langston” to prevent himself and his partner, also a soldier, from penalization, said the policy should be repealed. He said the notion of secrecy for the sake of “unit cohesion” is paradoxical.

“Can I defend the life of a person if I don’t know who they are? How much do I trust them if I can’t tell them who I am? ? I think you want to know the person that you’re fighting beside and you want them to know you because the only thing soldiers really have is other soldiers.”

Langston said that most of his battalion knows he is gay. Once people started asking him, the first person he told about his orientation was his sergeant major. He said he believes he hasn’t been discharged because he is well-liked and a good soldier.

However, Langston said he’s been harassed and threatened over his sexuality.

“Someone has banged on my door and yelled, ‘Bring the ****** out here, I’ll take care of him right now.’”

He said, however, that that wasn’t necessarily a bad experience.

“You can never know freedom until you have to fight for it. It’s just like being deployed.”

Langston said he believes that the nature of the policy encourages bigotry in the ranks because it stigmatizes homosexuality. He said that the Army loses assets in the people they discharge.

“You’re removing people who save other people’s lives, people who make an impact: medics, cooks, engineers, infantrymen, everyone. There’s no discrimination among genetics,” he said. “Such a small percentage serves in the armed forces at all. Should we further decrease that number by getting rid of just because of their lifestyle?”

“I hold the Army values pretty high. I think that they’re really great standards of living, but part of that personal integrity and honor is the ability to say yes, I am who I am,” Langston said.

The “don’t ask” part of the policy is not enforced, Langston said, because he is often questioned about his sexuality. He was asked to sign a waiver in 2005 stating that he had never had even a bisexual inclination. He signed it, he said, because he would lie to serve his country.

“I’ll put my life on the line for anyone in the Army, be they a bigot or not,” Langston said. "That’s freedom."
Contact Jade Ortego at **jortego@kdhnews.com** or (254) 501-7553.

IMO if these people want to serve let them. I have served beside and had homosexual soldiers work for me; never really had any problems. We usually knew who they were. Accomplish the mission that’s what’s it’s about; that’s all I cared about! Whom they had a relationship with was none of my business. Most commands knew who they were and really didn’t care either.

This Captain that’s in the news he must have did something stupid to make his commanders do this to him.

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