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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Faces Discharge Under 'DADT'

Apparently, 'DADT' discharges are still being actively pursued despite training implementation for repeal of the ban that is underway. Troubling.

DailyKos reports: Morado

Petty Officer –  2nd Class Derek Morado joined the navy at the age of 17, and six years later, he is facing a discharge under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". He was notified of the investigation into his sexual orientation in November, just before "repeal" passed. He was outed by somebody who read his MySpace page:

"In November I was told I was going to be administratively separated under the terms of "Don't Ask, Don't tell"... due to what they find is enough evidence to separate me based on a social networking website called My Space," Morado said.

The Fresno Bee speaks with Morado:

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."

GetEqual's Robin McGehee writes:

A short time ago, we were contacted by an active-duty servicemember who -- despite the repeal of this horrible law -- is still going through the process of being discharged. The process started for him on November 8, 2009, when someone anonymously outed him after seeing his MySpace page.

Within weeks, his discharge process began -- but it limped along while the government waffled about what to do about repeal. A year went by before he got any kind of update, each day believing it was his last day to serve his country. After the repeal bill was signed into law, he believed his case to be over.

But Derek got bad news earlier this month. Despite DADT repeal, his case is still being pursued and his hearing is scheduled for tomorrow. With implementation still not in place, is this the Navy's attempt to slip in another discharge or bully him with a hearing...just because they still can?

According to GetEQUAL, Morado faces a private hearing today at 9 am tomorrow morning, and they are hoping to arm him with a list of supporters when he goes in. You can sign their petition HERE.

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  1. I dont get it, He neither asked nor told, so why are they looking for gay stuff?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Mar 31, 2011 10:03:09 AM

  2. Good old US of A, huh? Politicians talking bullshit and making promises, with no results. Stop stalling and repeal the damned thing already, so this doesn't happen! Typical.

    Posted by: SONNIE | Mar 31, 2011 10:26:28 AM

  3. Damn Aubrey Sarvis, John Aravosis and all the smug Gay "leaders" who pushed the worthless DADT "compromise"! This so-called repeal legislation may never be signed off on.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Mar 31, 2011 12:15:56 PM

  4. Uh, John Aravosis did NOT "push" this compromise. He criticized it all along as being too weak.

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    Posted by: | Mar 31, 2011 12:39:36 PM

  5. First of all, you really have to ask yourself what people are actively seeking who is gay and outing them, and why this occurs as often as it does. "Somebody" read his myspace and outed him. Very suspect.

    And, as for DADT, Obama said that it isn't a done deal until implementation is complete, there is no signs of any potential long term harm, and he officially signs off on repeal. Which is why there are still legal cases against DADT going on right now. The law is still officially on the books. Unfortunately the compromise "solution" was the only way the law would even be on the way to repeal whatsoever. We'll see what happens here, but if he is discharged, there will be a firestorm.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 31, 2011 12:44:03 PM

  6. Someone must really have been reaching if they resorted to MySpace.

    Also, and I don't mean this to sound rude, but how was he in the military with hair that long? Does the Navy not impose the same requirements as other branches? I thought it was fairly uniform for all of them.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 31, 2011 6:54:07 PM

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