Yesterday, four-star Army General David Petraeus told a Senate panel that “the time has come” for the military to rethink its stance on gays in the military. Good to hear that the time has finally come and if I had the chance to ask, I’d like to know what the hell took so long. Or more specifically, why is it still even an issue when the president has the power by executive order to have it repealed. I mean, we are at war on two fronts, no? Doesn’t the Commander in Chief have the power of executive order to put an end to this?
Of course Petraeus’ line could be seen as just lip service until further action; which can be quite frustrating for opponents and activists against the current policy. Especially the men and women who have served their country only to be kicked to the curb as a result of being outed. You know, people like former Air Force Sargeant Jenne Newsome pictured above? Yep, her dismissal has to be one of the most bizzare to date; at least that’s what I think about it and the questions it raises:
Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.
The Rapid City Police Department says Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftsman who spent nine years in the Air Force, was not cooperative when they showed up at her home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa – where gay marriage is legal – in October.
Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome’s home, alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said. The license was relevant to the investigation because it showed both the relationship and residency of the two women, he said. (Source)So lemme get this right: they took a peek in her window and saw her marriage license? Um, and they were able to call the base and relay this information which subsequently lead to her dismissal? I don’t know about you, but that just doesn’t seem right to me. What it is, is an invasion of privacy, plain and simple. Hopefully the complaint she has filed against the police department in conjunction with the ACLU goes somewhere because this just doesn’t seem right. Newsome is of the opinion that the cops did what they did in retaliation for her refusal to come to her home to assist them in the apprehension of her partner. You know what? I believe her.