December 2009 Blueprints in Brief

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Blueprints in Brief, December 2009

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ARMY SECRETARY SAYS MILITARY READY TO LIFT GAY BAN

Soldiers listeningThe Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, indicated that the Army is prepared to lift the ban on openly gay service. He told the Army Times that there was no reason to fear that major difficulties would result and that he would help implement the policy change when the time comes. Meanwhile, Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway has come to the fore as an outspoken opponent of repeal within the Pentagon. (Read more.)


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PRESTIGIOUS MILITARY LAW COMMISSION RECOMMENDS SCRAPPING SODOMY BAN

Military PanelThe Commission on Military Justice released a report recommending repeal of the military's consensual sodomy ban. The report says the ban invites arbitrary enforcement and may be unconstitutional. (Read more.)

NAVAL SENIOR CHIEF PUNISHED FOR ANTI-GAY ABUSE

Navy PlanePreviously, The Palm Center reported on the story of Joseph Rocha, a gay sailor who was brutalized by his unit mates. As a result of a Youth Radio investigation and an inquiry by Congressman Joe Sestak, the Navy reviewed complaints against the person who oversaw the abuse. As a result, the individual was reprimanded and will be forced to retire. (Read more.)

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