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Gay Navy Man Facing Discharge – DADTWTF?

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Derek Morado is gay. What's the problem?

Remember last December when President Obama signed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into law? Have you noticed the months of preparation and training videos made available to the public? We haven’t imagined this, right?

So why is Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado facing a three member military panel today who will decide if he is to be discharged from the navy for “homosexual conduct?”

Fresnobee reports:

Morado said he’s heard that no one has been discharged from the military for being gay since October. He hopes not to be the first since then, because he wants to make the Navy his career. “It’s all I really know,” he said. “I’ve done it since high school. I just want to keep doing it.”

A gay rights group has publicized Morado’s case, putting out a call for signatures from supporters that he can take to today’s hearing.

“At least they’ll know people are watching and he has supporters in the community who won’t let it just happen,” said Robin McGehee of Fresno, a director of GetEQUAL. “The fact that the Navy is trying to slide one more discharge in under the wire is disgusting, and must be called out for what it is — blatant discrimination and bullying.”

Morado said Wednesday he knew he had to hide his homosexuality when he enlisted in 2003 after graduating from a Sacramento high school. But his sexual orientation became public after he posted a photo of himself on his MySpace page kissing another man.

“He was just a friend, not a romantic interest,” Morado said.

A senior enlisted man in his ordnance and weapons unit turned him in, he said, and an admiral signed off on discharge proceedings. Once that happens, Morado said, “they have to go through with it.”

Two questions:

  1. Why is this still an issue? Even if the panel was still technically allowed to oust gay soldiers because the Pentagon has yet to give the final word on ending the discriminatory policy, why would they want to? This is terrible press and PR for the U.S. military. When the president, Congress, and majority of American people tell you you’re no longer allowed or welcome to discriminate against homosexuals, it’s probably best you take notice.
  2. What is MySpace? It sounds vaguely familiar, yet…

Secretary of the Navy, Lt. Myers Vasquez, will need to find the courage balls to officially give Morado the boot today, if that is the decision the navy reaches. Let’s hope sanity prevails today. Also worth mentioning, after being outed, Morado was demoted from the highly techinical role of Bomb Manufacturing to a glorified housekeeper, Barracks Manager. WTF, Navy?

We’ll keep you posted. Why is this still happening though?

Via Fresnobee

  • Anonymous

    My Suggestions to Mr. Morado:

    No offense, but we gays have better things to do than work for an imperialist military. If they don’t want “our kind,” why not try something else? Every job application I’ve ever filled out has asked me if I was in the military, and then asked a string of questions related to military experience. That’s because they want to hire people like you. You are train-able, and have somehow shown discipline, perseverance, and endurance. Why not work for a company like Barnes and Noble, GAP inc., or Starbucks as a manager? They’d hire you in a flash, and they wouldn’t make you climb back into the closet. You might even start a non-profit, helping gay and lesbian troops find jobs after having been sacked by an institution that supposedly judges its employees by their performance- not their personal life.

    Besides, citizens of the world no longer look at our troops as liberators, they see them as instigators. Our military is no longer a line of work for people who wish for the human race to continue. It is indeed a destructive force which seeks to steal resources that do not belong to our countrymen.

    The intolerance found in the armed forces is plainly seen in the way women and people of color are often excluded from high ranks- and you expect them to embrace us gays?

    – Nonviolence will save us all.

    P.S. Maybe it’s time that everyone in the United States re-thought our military. Everyday, we send millions of taxpayers dollars into battles that we constantly lose, yet we refuse to give teachers and firefighters a raise. Where is the logic?