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Master Sgt. in Afghanistan Condemns Military Paper for Printing Photo of Gay Marine Homecoming

A letter to the editor of the Stars and Stripes newspaper from Master Sgt. Corey Wade in Kandahar, Afghanistan calls an article the paper wrote about Dalan Wells and Brandon Morgan and their now iconic gay Marine homecoming photo "disgusting and outrageous".

Writes Wade: Marines

It’s bad enough to publish articles that cover the debauchery of homosexuality, but to show that photo crosses the line.

The vast majority of military members I know do not support homosexuality in the military in any way, let alone homosexuality on its own. Yet the voices of opposition to homosexuality continue to not be heard by biased media outlets. “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” although not perfect, was a good compromise for the military. The military is not a 9-to-5 job; it requires people to work in combat 24/7 operations, often under extreme conditions.

I can’t always choose who I room with. But as a Christian, it goes against my faith and the clear word of God (for those Christians who disagree, blow the dust off your Bibles and take a read) to practice such an act; it is clearly a sin.

Marriage has always and should always be between a man and a woman, for it was designed by God and clearly stated in his word. Even non-Christians can agree with this. America is in a deep moral slide and this country will pay the due penalty of its errors.

Stars and Stripes publishes four daily newspaper editions for the United States Armed Forces serving overseas.

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  1. The use of the phrase "But as a Christian" in these contexts should be a red flag that the speaker has no bloody idea what his god actually taught.

    Posted by: Rich F. | Mar 8, 2012 8:53:08 AM

  2. FYI Wade - your inner-circle of bigoted military friends hardly speaks for the entire U.S. military. There will always be people who don't agree with ending DADT, but don't think for a single second you're not a member of a small, shrinking, and pathetic minority.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 8, 2012 8:54:53 AM

  3. "Even non-Christians can agree with this."

    Perhaps Sgt. Wade's been in the sun too long. If you don't believe in God, how can you agree with that statement?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Mar 8, 2012 8:55:09 AM

  4. Let me take a wild guess here... he's against gay marriage, but he has no problem killing Afghanis.

    Posted by: endo | Mar 8, 2012 8:55:31 AM

  5. Wade should be dishonorably discharged, for lacking the maturity and mental stability to serve in combat situations.

    Anyone who gives a rat's ass about their fellow soldiers' sexual orientation to the point where it would affect their job performance are the ones who are clearly unfit to serve and deserve to be cut loose.

    Posted by: Jack | Mar 8, 2012 8:57:16 AM

  6. This sargent should blow the dust off his own bible and stop eating bacon, feel free to stone his daughter if she gets sassy, kill his wife if she makes him a shirt made out of two different fabrics or plants two different kinds of vegatables in the garden. Leviticus is hourseshit and so is the selective cherry-picking of favorite passages in order to substantiate senseless prejudices.

    Posted by: uffda | Mar 8, 2012 8:58:38 AM

  7. As a gay, decorated Vietnam Veteran (Meritorious Service Award Recipient) I have only two words for Wade. Guess what they are.

    Posted by: Peter | Mar 8, 2012 8:58:38 AM

  8. "America is in a deep moral slide and this country will pay the due penalty of its errors."

    I, for one, could not be happier that Fred Phelps has finally decided to join the military. Maybe it will do him some good

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 8, 2012 9:01:02 AM

  9. This is indicative of the pervasive fundamentalism that is in the U.S. military. When you have a culture that discriminates against non-Christians (AFA and other branches-that has been well documented here in the U.S. and abroad) it is no wonder that this neanderthal feels as if he speaks for the entire military. Fortunately he does not.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 8, 2012 9:03:51 AM

  10. And the 10 commandments were suggestions. Good Christian's in the military? Trained killers? Please.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 8, 2012 9:04:23 AM

  11. Corey Wade is totally wrong about th--- oh, he's a christian? well then, by all means, he must certainly know what he's talking about. sorry to question you.

    Posted by: EO | Mar 8, 2012 9:05:27 AM

  12. Kissing is disgusting and outrageous? Seriously? *That* upsets you? I'd argue that pissing on your fellow service personnel is disgusting - and you're a disgrace. DADT has been repealed, if you don't like it, just resign.

    Posted by: SeanR | Mar 8, 2012 9:05:53 AM

  13. DADT is gone. This has been done by the correct legal and procedural processes. If Sgt. Wade cannot follow the rules and regulations of the armed services, then he is no soldier. If he believes that his Christian faith trumps the orders of the officers above him, including his Commander in Chief, the sitting President, then he is no soldier. He needs to be cashiered, and a real soldier can take his place. As he said, the military is not a 9-5 job, it has very codified rules in place. Follow the rules. If you cannot do that, then get your non-soldier ass out.

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 8, 2012 9:06:46 AM

  14. We know that it is not true that the "vast majority" of people in the military have a problem with gays serving. So the guy is either completely out of touch with members of his own organization or he is a liar. Then we get to the part where he proclaims his Christianity -- so I'm going to go with "liar."

    Posted by: kit | Mar 8, 2012 9:08:08 AM

  15. Wade is a bigot, plain and simple. He is one of those who think his way or the highway. He seems to forget that we are all God's children. As he sits down and eats his shellfish, wearing clothes of many threads, eating food from different crops that were grown in the same field, may he reflect that they are all abominations according to the Bible. I always find it amazing that people pick and choose their beliefs to support their bigotry. BTW, I'll bet ya this MSGT is a 'good ole boy' from the Bible (aka bigot) belt.

    Posted by: CB | Mar 8, 2012 9:10:14 AM

  16. Bravo to the "Stars and Stripes" for printing this letter -- because it shows that there are still guys (in the military)who did not pay attention in the classes to which they were sent regarding the new military position on gays in the military. For sure: Sarge has flagged his superiors that he needs to be pulled aside for another 'private' counselling session. As for his brand of Christianity: he is obviously not a biblical scholar or theologian -- and does NOT speak for all Christians.

    Posted by: pierre | Mar 8, 2012 9:11:22 AM

  17. "Marriage has always and should always be between a man and a woman, for it was designed by God and clearly stated in his word."

    Most of the marriages in the Bible were between one man and as many women as he could buy, trick, kidnap or conquer. There are very few marriages in the Bible between one man and one woman. I love that selective quoting / interpreting that goes on with that book.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 8, 2012 9:12:29 AM

  18. The moniker Christian has gone from being a description of someone very nice and caring to a description of someone who is arrogant, judgmental and bigoted. Sgt. Wade is a perfect example of the moral slide of Christianity.

    Posted by: Joey | Mar 8, 2012 9:12:53 AM

  19. "As a Christian", "the vast majority of people I know", "marriage has always been"... Is there a list of 'got to be used' lines these people have? First off, Christ said of a homosexual, via the Roman Centurion, "Never have I seen faith greater than this" so, no, it's not Christianity you're referring to. Casper, Esmeralda and Goldilox are NOT real people even if they're you're only friends and marriage used to be between one man and many women. This guy, you can tell, is a complete closet case who hates the world is moving on without him.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 8, 2012 9:15:58 AM

  20. Tired old phobe needs to be brought up on charges of insubordination. The rules have changed. Actually, to publicly defy the new order is more like treason, isn't it? Some soldier.

    Posted by: wisebear | Mar 8, 2012 9:17:16 AM

  21. The guy needs to be dishonorably discharged asap.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 8, 2012 9:24:56 AM

  22. Blah, blah, blah. His words can't take away the beauty of the pic and love these men share.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Mar 8, 2012 9:27:09 AM

  23. First of all, he is not a Christian then...he's an orthodox Jew because Jesus never set aside those prohibitions. He had two laws, love God and love your neighbor.

    Second, marriage, true, was never historically for same-sex couples. It was historically for the procreation of children in an environment that allowed him to know as best he could that the child was his.

    Women, historically, were bought, sold, used as incubators, could be thrown out (still can be in almost every non-Western country, including Buddhist nations) and set aside if they could not have children, thus setting them into a life of prostitution and begging. They were forced to endure the fears that came with being cast off never to see their children, watch another women enter the home they tended and take over the caring of their own offspring...yeh, great shakes for women.


    Marriage only became a love match (in the West) in the last 100 or 150 years or so, before that it was a financial arrangement with little or no benefit for the women being traded like cattle. So, I'm sure that men are having a hard time with losing "traditional" marriage that put them in charge of everything, but hey! If they still want it they can move to Brooklyn, Israel, India, South Asian, any African or Middle Eastern nation, or Utah.

    The other week we were going to represent a Muslim woman in her divorce case against an abusive husband, but in the end she decided to stay with him rather than lose her children. This is traditional marriage. We had to have the courts force an order against a man to have him allow his wife to receive a rabbinical get so she could remarry. This is traditional marriage. The Jeffs compound was traditional marriage, too.


    Posted by: Rin | Mar 8, 2012 9:27:12 AM

  24. Christian is becoming synonymous with moron. "As a moron I..."

    Posted by: Jersey | Mar 8, 2012 9:38:15 AM

  25. Right before DADT was repealed and since, I've had a few arguments with people over the timing of repeal and how it came about. After pointing out that the several studies since the 1980s the military commissioned about gays in the military ALL supported inclusion, I add in some variation of this:

    "As for the timing and how it was implemented, the military and people like YOU only have yourselves to blame. It wasn't perfect, but DADT was supposed to be a compromise between the old way of handling things and full inclusion. The policy was supposed to be Don't Ask, Don't Tell, DON'T PURSUE, but the military didn't keep up their end of the bargain, didn't abide by the spirit of the new policy. In fact, dismissals of gay service members INCREASED under DADT even though it was intended as a half-measure where there would be no investigations and witch-hunts to ferret out the sexuality of gay military personnel, allowing them to serve quietly. Gays have ALWAYS served in the military and the ban was going to end eventually, but if it had respected the DADT compromise the military could have delayed it for a while longer. But they didn't so they only have themselves to blame for how and when full repeal came about, which in any case was the right thing to do. So suck it up."

    Posted by: Caliban | Mar 8, 2012 9:41:24 AM

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