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May 7, 2009

Gays now forced to choose: marriage or military service?

An interesting report from a local Iowa TV station points up one dimension of the looming federalism clash between the federal government, which continues to maintain generally hostile policies toward gays, and the rights of states to perform and recognize same-sex marriages.  This isn't about the Defense of Marriage Act, though, it's about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. 

As station KITV in Sioux City reports, "if a homosexual member of the military gets married in any one of the now 5 states that have legalized gay marriage, they can be involuntarily removed from their [military] service."  The reason is that "marrying or attempt to marry a person known to be of the same biological sex" constitutes "telling," which in turn can get you discharged under the policy begun under President Clinton and still being continued under President Obama. 

While President Obama supported repealing DADT (as well as DOMA) during his campaign, Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently counseled a go-slow approach.  There is no indication at the moment that repealing either DADT (or DOMA) is a White House priority.

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