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07/08/2011

Uncle Sam probably not excluding gays (for now, maybe, possibly)

by Jeremy Hooper

201107081523In the wake of this week's Ninth Circuit decision, here's another positive step on the long, frustratingly winding road that is DADT repeal:

The Pentagon has ordered a halt to all separations of gay troops under “don’t ask, don’t tell” and will begin accepting applications from prospective recruits who identify themselves as homosexuals.
Pentagon suspends DADT in wake of court ruling [Army Times]
*MORE: Moratorium Issued on DADT Discharges, Army Times Reports [Poliglot - Metro Weekly]

However, the Pentagon could still appeal the Ninth Circuit ruling up to the U.S. Supreme Court, while current, prospective, and unfairly booted soldiers are still living with uncertainty. So for LGB soldiers, this makes the armed forces like a game of hot potato: It's likely the music won't stop on your turn, but there's remains a fairly credible chance that your gay ass could get burned.

Will all American citizens soon be free to fight and possibly die for the country to which they pay taxes without worrying about their own wanton firing? [::sigh::] A boy can dream.

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