1LT Dan Choi, 2003 Graduate of the Military Academy at West Point. Arab Linguist. National Guardsman.
and now, Gay rights Advocate, is being recommended for discharge due to announcing to the world that he’s gay.
First Lt. Dan Choi disclosed in March that he is gay, challenging the 1994 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that requires the military to discharge troops who disclose their sexual orientation. Tuesday’s ruling, made after a daylong hearing, is a step toward stripping Choi of his officer’s commission and ending his career.
“It’s disappointing, but not unexpected,” said Sue Fulton, a spokeswoman for Knights Out, a group of gay and lesbian West Point alumni Choi helped found.
Fulton said the Guard’s Federal Recognition Board heard from members of Choi’s unit, his commanding officer and fellow soldiers who served in Iraq, and reviewed more than 150 letters of support for Choi, a 2003 West Point graduate and an Arab linguist.
“At the end of the day, they did not consider any of that material [to] whether he was a good soldier,” she said. “It was solely about whether he said he was gay.”
But see, here’s the problem: It’s not about being a good soldier. It’s not about having a much needed skill.
It’s about the law.
Like it or not, the law is still in effect.
We didn’t ask, but you told. Therefore, you go.
It’s pretty easy.
I think the Lieutenant is doing an admirable thing. He’s standing up for what he believes in. Good for him.
But instead of arguing the merits of the law, gay rights advocates are going to argue that LT Choi should be saved from discharge.
It’s not about him, it’s about the law.
Let’s try to not get confused on this one, shall we?