Yorick Smaal receives funding from the Australian Research Council for his current project on boys, sex and crime. In our sexual histories series, authors explore changing sexual mores from antiquity to today. Armies make men.
The United States military formerly excluded gay menbisexualsand lesbians from service. Inthe United States Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful.
Nina Totenberg. The U. Supreme Court has ruled that protesters at military funerals cannot be sued for inflicting emotional distress on the family of a dead soldier.
The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say. His words, and any comfort I might have taken from them, fell flat.
Nearly 4, American fighters died before the last U. David Hickman, 23, of Greensboro was the last of those war casualties, killed in November by the kind of improvised bomb that was a signature weapon of this war. Doesn't that name just bring out a smile to your face?
His death this year, from a roadside bomb, which took the number of American losses in Iraq to more than 4, robbed the service of an outstanding military intelligence officer and deprived his friends of someone they all described as a great listener and a profoundly religious man. Major Rogers was also gay. He wasn't asked and, at least to most colleagues, he didn't tell, but the story of his struggle to balance two competing aspects of his life has moved to the heart of the debate about gay military service.
Since the birth of the Republic, government decisions have been made about who shall be permitted or required to serve in the U. Early in the Revolutionary war, for example, Black Americans were barred from service in the Continental Army. Similarly, Negroes were barred from military service early in the Civil War, despite the eagerness of many Northern Blacks to volunteer.
The church - which consists almost exclusively of Fred Phelps, a year-old preacher, and 75 members of his extended family - is definitely not a peace movement. Rather, it celebrates the violent deaths of soldiers and marines who died, it says, defending a licentious nation. Today, it is planning to picket the funeral of an army sergeant, Daniel Sesker, from Ogden, Iowa, who was killed by a roadside bomb on April 6, near Tikrit.
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Militias warn Iraqi families they will be murdered if they don't hand over or kill their gay relatives. An Iraqi family pays ransom for the return of a gay man, only to learn later that his mutilated body has been found. An Iraqi father is released without being tried for hanging his gay son to defend the family's "honor.