the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

A small, important step

In politics on March 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm

That’s how I see the Pentagon’s common-sense decision to keep what is basically hearsay out of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell cases:

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the military would restrict the kind of evidence that can be used against service members suspected of “homosexual conduct.” For example, investigators will generally ignore anonymous complaints and require accusations made by third parties to be given under oath.

That a serviceman or woman can hide behind anonymity while accusing their gay or lesbian counterpart—who must daily lie, in small or crushingly big ways, about their identity—seems like the definition of injustice.

A much needed change, but there’s more to do.


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