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Discharged soldier to freely 'ask and tell' in court

by Jeremy Hooper

Tomorrow in the U.S. Federal Court of Claims, arguments will begin in the case of former Army Lieutenant Colonel Steve Loomis, who was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" just five days before he was set to retire. The decorated Vietnam vet was reportedly "outed" during an arson investigation of his off-base home, when a sexuality-revealing videotape was discovered by civilian investigators. That tape was, of course, Steel Magnolias. Maybe. Possibly. Okay, probably not.

Loomis is seeking reinstatement of the retirement benefits he lost as a result of the highly suspicious discharge, and is challenging the legality of the military's gay-banning policy. We'd also like to suggest that he seek a DVD player, as the thin discs are much easier to hide from nosey eyes than are VHS cassettes.

Federal Claims Court Hears Arguments in Case of Gay Army LieutenantColonel; Loomis Discharged Just Five Days Before Retirement Under'Don't Ask, Don't Tell [U.S. Newswire via Yahoo! News]

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