Friday, April 08, 2005

Gay GI who got Purple Heart wants to serve openly

Gay activists hammered Bush over Gay marriage. I never understood that strategy. At a time of war, it made more sense to honor a guy like Sgt. Robert Stout and ask if it isn't time to scrap "don't ask don't tell"?

Stout, of Utica, Ohio, was awarded the Purple Heart after a grenade sent pieces of shrapnel into his arm, face and legs while he was operating a machine gun on an armored Humvee last May.

He is believed to be the first gay soldier wounded in Iraq to publicly discuss his sexuality, said Aaron Belkin, director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

''We can't keep hiding the fact that there's gay people in the military and they aren't causing any harm,'' said Stout.

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