Tuesday, March 16, 2010

She didn't ask nor did she tell, but she was still discharged from the Air Force

Here's the sort of story that people who say DADT is working should read.  By all accounts, Jene Newsome was a model member of the Air Force.  She didn't disclose her sexual orientation to anyone she served with, nor did she let anyone know that she had married her female partner in Iowa.

Yet Jene Newsome has been discharged from the Air Force.  Why?  Last week the police in her South Dakota town came to her house looking for her wife in connection with a theft in Alaska.  While in the house, they came across their marriage certificate from Iowa.  So what did they do?  They immediately called Newsome's supervisors in the Air Force to let them know that she was a lesbian.  She was dishonorably discharged immediately.  She has joined the ACLU to file a complaint against the police department for invasion of privacy.

For his part, the police chief is defending the actions of his officers. Autostraddle.com quotes him as saying, "It’s an emotional issue and it’s unfortunate that Newsome lost her job, but I disagree with the notion that our department might be expected to ignore the licence, or not document the licence, or withhold it from the Air Force once we did know about it.”

I guess it doesn't matter that Newsome was following the odious DADT policy to the letter.

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