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04/19/2007


Watch: Katie Miller Talks to Rachel Maddow About West Point Rejection

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Rachel Maddow welcomed former West Point cadet Katie Miller to her studio yesterday to discuss her reapplication and subsequent rejection from West Point. Miller left West Point last year because she said she couldn't continue to lie about her sexuality. She thought she would be able to reattend since "DADT' repeal is underway. Not so.

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Cadet Who Quit Over DADT Wants To Return To Military

Top 10 ranked West Point cadet Katherine Miller, who was one of the military soldiers that accompanied Lady Gaga to the VMAs earlier this year, that resigned from the academy earlier this year after deciding that living life as a closeted lesbian under DADT was not the life she wanted to leave. The Associated Press reports on her story:

Miller She wanted to be a leader at the academy, someone with honor. She excelled, ranking near the top of her class of more than 1,100 cadets going into their third year. But Miller also was hiding in fear. "I realized that I wasn't becoming the leader of character that I wanted to be," she said.

Other gay cadets in her small circle of friends tried to persuade her to stick it out. Conforming, after all, is a tenet taught in the military.

"It was definitely an option," Miller said. "I just chose not to live my life that way. I'm pretty stubborn in my values. I needed to get out and declare who I was."

She still wonders whether she should have stayed and tried to survive under the policy. "At the same time, I don't think that I would've made nearly the impact that coming out publicly made," she said.

But Miller wants back in: "I'm trying to get back into the military. I'm not trying to make that difficult when that occurs."

Meanwhile, information from next week's much anticipated DADT survey from the Pentagon continues to leak ahead of its release. It's being reported that out of all of the five branches of the armed forces, the Marines are the most resistant to seeing a repeal of the policy. Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos has made no secret he shares the same point of view though chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen said just last week that there was "no question" Amos would go along with a repeal if one were implemented by Congress.


Watch: ESPN 'Outside the Lines' Talks to Former West Point Cadet Katie Miller, Who Quit Over DADT

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ESPN's Outside the Lines interviews former West Point cadet Katie Miller about why she decided to leave the military academy over DADT and make her private struggle public. ESPN also talks to two lesbians currently at West Point. They also talk to a military thug from the Family Research Council.

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Watch: Hardball's Chris Matthews Takes on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Chris Matthews did two segments on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" tonight. The first is an opinion segment.

Said Matthews: "The social acceptability of anti-gay bias is rapidly dimishing, just as it did in the years after World War II towards Catholics and also for Jewish people and sadly, only gradually for African-Americans."

In the second segment, Matthews talks to Air Force veteran Matthew Alexander and former West Point Cadet Katherine Miller. Matthews was pessimistic that 60 votes are there in the Senate to stop a filibuster.

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Watch: Rachel Maddow Talks to Former Cadet Katherine Miller About Escorting Lady Gaga to the VMAs

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Last night, Rachel Maddow interviewed former Cadet Katherine Miller, who resigned from West Point in August over the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, about where she's at right now, and how her trip to the VMAs with Lady Gaga came about.

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Lady Gaga Meets with Service Members Discharged Under DADT

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On Tuesday night, Lady Gaga met with former service members and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) clients David Hall, former Air Force Staff Sergeant fired under DADT; Danny Hernandez, former Marine Lance Corporal who was also fired under DADT; Katie Miller, a top West Point cadet who resigned in August to protest the discriminatory law; and Stacy Vasquez, former Army Sergeant, First Class, who was fired under DADT.

She also pitched the need for DADT repeal before performing in the "Monster Ball" at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network: “Lady Gaga’s recognition of these fine patriots casts a spotlight on the unjust burden that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ imposes upon the brave men and women who defend our country every day, and further underscores why the Senate must swiftly act to get rid of this despicable law for good. With expected votes on the Senate floor later this month, advocates of open service still have time to contact both their senators and urge them to show support for all our veterans by voting to end DADT.”

SLDN also issued an action alert for the public yesterday (which hopefully has been given some momentum and pressure by last night's decision in California) urging them to call senators. Details are HERE.


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