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Different rules for different states

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

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Cammermeyer’s take on DADT

The military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy barring openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces is facing a slow but almost-certain death. Amid that news, a columnist for The Herald in Everett caught up with Grethe Cammermeyer, a Whidbey Island resident who retired in 1997 as a colonel — and was the highest-ranking openly gay service member.

Here’s a bit of the backstory:

When she retired with full military benefits in 1997, Cammermeyer was an Army Reserve colonel and chief nurse with the Washington National Guard. Before President Bill Clinton implemented “don’t ask, don’t tell”

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Familiar face to investigate DADT

The days of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy appear to be coming to an end.

And a familiar face will be spearheading a review into the 16-year-old policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military – but only as long as they keep it a secret. From the New York Times story:

To lead a review of the policy, Mr. Gates appointed a civilian and a military officer: Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s top legal counsel, and Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of the United States Army in Europe. Pentagon officials said the review

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Advocate takes on DADT at Fort Lewis

The Advocate magazine, a monthly newsmagazine focusing on gay and lesbian issues, will have a cover story about the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. (It’s already online.)

The story focuses in an interview with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., and a visit to Fort Lewis, where the reporter chatted with a handful of guys about the policy at the PX.

The unscientific poll the reporter conducted showed that many Fort Lewis soldiers didn’t seem to mind serving with gay people. It’s interesting reading.