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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Leave the Same-Sex Marriage License On the Table

Posted by Ryne McClaren on March 13, 2010

From just up the road in Rapid City, SD comes one of the more bizarre stories you’re going to read in a while: Lesbian Sgt. discharged after police tell military.

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian. The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The Rapid City Police Department says Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftsman who spent nine years in the Air Force, was not cooperative when they showed up at her home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa — where gay marriage is legal — in October.

Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome’s home, alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said in a statement sent to the AP. The license was relevant to the investigation because it showed both the relationship and residency of the two women, he said.

Odd, yes?

1.) “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a lot of things, but it’s not actually a policy.  It’s more or less a non-policy, and one so stupid and ignorant that it could have only been devised by a Democrat.

2.) Did the Rapid City PD do anything wrong?  I have absolutely no idea.  If something can be viewed from the outside of your home, there’s no violation of privacy involved.

3.) The woman was given a chance to leave the base and assist the PD in finding her partner.  She refused.

4.) If a law enforcement officer finds out that you’re a homosexual and an active member of the United States military, do you have the reasonable belief that the police will actually report that to your superiors?  I’m not familiar enough with what in the hell might be considered reasonable procedure under these circumstances to even go there.

So what is this, exactly?  A case of bigoted revenge?  Just another odd “plain sight” case?  One of the strongest defenses you’ll ever read against “Don’t ask, don’t tell?”  I have no idea, but it is an interesting story, and it’ll be equally interesting to see how it turns out, as the ACLU has filed a complaint against the police department.

I’m flummoxed.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is dumb, dumb, dumb.  The sooner we’re done with it, the better.

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One Response to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Leave the Same-Sex Marriage License On the Table”

  1. Dan Draney said

    Even if you can see a marriage license on the kitchen table from the window, could you read it from there? Seems unlikely unless the table is very close to the window.

    I understand that two out of three monkeys prefer Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The third favors, Don’t See.

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