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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lesbian Sergeant Discharged After Police Tell Military

The Associated Press is reporting the story of a sergeant outed by police after spying a marriage license during a search of the home she shared with her partner.

Former Air Force sergeant Jene Newsome says she played by the rules. She never told anyone in the military that she was a lesbian.

But Newsome was discharged earlier this year under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" law after Rapid City, S.D., police officers saw an Iowa marriage license in her home and told the Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The police were at Newsome's home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Alaska.

Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a complaint against the department claiming police invaded her privacy.

Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender says Newsome was uncooperative, and the marriage license was relevant because it established the residency and the relationship of the two women.

Read the AP story here.


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