Friday, May 8, 2009

Obama Fires an Army Officer For Being Gay

I suppose it is not really fair to say that Obama specifically fired him, but it is fair to say that Obama allowed it to happen.

Dan Choi is a West Point graduate and an officer in the Army National Guard. He is fluent in Arabic and just returned from Iraq. Now he is going to be fired because he admitted that he is gay.

I am not bringing this up to make a point in favor or against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. I am just bringing it to contrast the different treatment between Carrie Prejean (Miss California) and Obama; both supporters of traditional marriage. Carrie Prejean, who does not have any power to change policy, has been on the receiving end of vicious attacks because she has the 'audacity' of stating her true opinion. She said she did not want to insult anyone, and then gave her honest answer. An answer that according to recent polling is supported by the majority of Americans (though in fairness not by a wide margin). Obama, who has the power to effect and change policy, has been basically given a free pass.

The video shows what happened, then the Huffington Post picks it up to explain how Obama could have prevented or stopped this.

Video embedded below.

"A new study, about to be published by a group of experts in military law, shows that President Obama does, in fact, have statutory, stroke-of-the-pen authority to suspend gay discharges. Obama could simply invoke his authority under federal law (10 U.S.C. §12305) to retain any member of the military he believes is essential to national security.

Or he could take advantage of a legal loophole. The "don't ask, don't tell" law requires the military to fire anyone found to be gay or lesbian. But there is nothing requiring the military to make such a finding. The president can order the military to stop investigating service members' sexuality.

An executive order would not get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" law, but would take the critical step of suspending its implementation, hence rendering it effectively dead.

Past related posts:
Berman Post: Perez Hilton Calls Miss California (Carrie Prejean) a "Dumb B*tch", Was Thinking The thinking of the "C-Word"
Berman Post: Is The New Miss USA Pro-Gay Marriage?
Berman Post: Crowder Attacks Perez Hilton Over His Comments About Miss California
Berman Post: Miss California (Carrie Prejean) Happy to be Championing a Cause
Berman Post: Miss California (Carrie Prejean) Used in a Traditional Marriage ad
Berman Post: Savage Attacks Continue Against Carrie Prejean (Miss California)
Berman Post: Perez Hilton, The Latest Copyright Thug?
Berman Post: Carrie Prejean Attacked With 'Racy' Photo
Berman Post: Carrie Prejean Attacked Through Her Parents

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