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03/08/2007

Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Argue Within Earshot of This Writer

by Jeremy Hooper

SealcoaYesterday in Boston, the First Circuit heard oral arguments from a dozen gay veterans who were discharged from the military because of their sexual orientation. The vets are asking the federal appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling from last April that threw out their lawsuit.

ListenYesterday in New York, this writer heard loud arguments from his neighbors. The wife was telling the husband that even though he is a great guy and had dutifully dropped their paperwork off at H&R Block for filing, he must put on his Prada robe and show her some affection before he can go play Wii Tennis.

So what do these two situations have in common? Well, in both cases, the plaintiff's plight would be completely moot if only the opposing side would realize that they don't have a right to tell a decent, tax-paying citizen that they must love in one certain fashion in order to serve.

First Circuit Hears 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Appeal [SLDN]

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