If you’re gay and serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, you stand a better chance at not getting discharged than if you served at, say, Fort Benning.
Ditto for Fairchild Air Force Base, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and all the other military installions across much of the western United States, the Associated Press reminded us over the weekend.
That’s because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008 ruled that the military must demonstrate that discharging a gay service member must promote cohesion or discipline in a unit.
Because the 9th Circuit covers a nine-state area, the more stringent rules don’t apply in the other 41 or at overseas posts. And it’s apparently going to stand unless Congress decides to scrap the law; the Obama administration chose not to appeal the court’s ruling (which centered on a McChord Air Force Base officer).
Interesting reading at a time when the issue is back in the public’s attention.