Gay Navy Petty Officer Spared Discharge After ‘DADT’ Hearing

Yesterday I reported that Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado was going to be undergoing a discharge hearing under 'DADT', a troubling and odd situation considering the various branches of the armed forces are currently training to implement repeal of the ban.

Morado There is good news. Morado was voted 3-0 to be retained. However, this article from MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner details the confusion and stress it put Morado through:

As to Morado's efforts in advance of the hearing to reach out to Get Equal, director Robin McGehee said, "He was unsure what the process was going to be like and, just like us, very perplexed that he was hearing all these celebratory reports about repeal and why his hearing was continuing.

"For him, he was baffled …. He thought for sure his hearing was going to be put on hold," she added. "He was fearful that they were trying to make this happen before implementation."


Before learning the outcome of the hearing, however, McGehee discussed the "emotional and physical stress" that she said Morado was facing and added pointedly, "It really begins to make you question why we're wasting the money on a hearing like this and also why were allowing the military to bully him."

Smith went further, saying, "The fact that everyone knows that the Pentagon hasn't discharged anyone since Obama signed the repeal law, and yet we are seeing, on the unit level, discharge procedures still going forward — it's creating an almost harder position for some people."

The need for certification of 'DADT' repeal is clearer now than ever. What a waste of time, money, and human energy these hearings are.


  1. sparks says

    All the talk of emotional stress and bullying {wtf?) just sounds like someone setting the stage for a lawsuit — which would be more waste of human energy — and given the 3-0 decision to retain him, a frivolous lawsuit at that.

    There are probably dozens of cases which were opened before DADT was repealed. As long as those cases are being resolved favorably, I can’t really blame military legal staff for trying to get them closed as soon as possible. Being under an indefinite state of open investigation would seem a worse condition. Morado may now get on with his life, without a potential discharge hanging over his head. Would he have preferred they let it linger until DADT repeal was in full effect?

    If a service member is traumatized by a simple procedural hearing (which resolved in his favor mind you), perhaps he needs a less stressful line of work than being a SOLDIER.

    This country would be SO much better off if its society was less litigious … and come to think of it, far less religious.

  2. sparks says


    It would’ve been cold-hearted and unfeeling if they had dragged Morado’s case out for another six months so he could keep wondering whether he was about to lose his job or worse.

    Obviously you have no experience with the military. They’re not going to dump case files into a garbage bin because a policy is in the process of being changed.

    Yes, it’s terrible that anyone is or has ever been subjected to DADT investigatory or discharge proceedings. But that’s not at all what my comment was about.

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