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West Point Refuses To Readmit Lesbian Cadet Post DADT Repeal

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Katherine Miller

WTOL reports:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point last year has been rejected for readmission to the academy even as the military moves toward ending its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Officials at the U.S. Military Academy say they reached the only decision they could, because the repeal of the policy is not in effect yet.

Katherine Miller left halfway through her stint at the academy in August, saying she couldn’t lie about her sexuality. The 21-year-old from Findlay, OH, became a prominent face in the debate over gays serving openly. Notably, she appeared at an awards show with Lady Gaga in her military uniform. Gaga was a vocal opponent of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

She re-applied to West Point around the time Congress voted to repeal the law in December. The repeal will go into effect 60 days after officials certify that it won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability.

Miller was the ranked ninth in her class of 1100 at the time of her coming out. She was literally one of our nation’s top cadets with glowing reviews and honors. Upon exiting West Point, Miller transferred to Yale. We’re talking about a star pupil and military cadet here that the U.S. military has zero interest in adding to the barracks.

The entire incident reeks of continuing discrimination on the part of our military more than half a year after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed by Congress.

Kind of makes you wonder what the point of the repeal was, doesn’t it?

  • Let’s be fair. Until the repeal is fully in effect, they can’t accept an open lesbian there. It’s not heartlessness or discrimination, but there’s this perception that DADT is over and it’s not. It’s at its end, but until those 60 days expires following certification, West Point’s hands are tied.

    Now, you could argue that an exception could be made for somebody who is so obviously a top student and soldier, but then you could just as easily argue that there should be no need and DADT should never have been law.

    I honestly hope that Miller re-applies after implementation is complete. Then we can judge the school based on their response. Right now, they cannot legally accept an out lesbian, as much as they may or may not want to.