Sunday, September 13, 2009

Lesbian GI Seeks Asylum in Canada

Lesbian GI Seeks Asylum in Canada September 10, 2009 | Agence France-Presse - "A lesbian who deserted the U.S. military has requested asylum in Canada, claiming she faced harassment and death threats from fellow Soldiers over her sexual orientation, media said Wednesday.

Pvt. Bethany Smith, 21, claimed she had asked the U.S. military for a discharge after being outed by another Soldier who spotted her walking hand in hand with a woman at a mall.

I have no idea what the rules are between the US and Canada but I hope she gets out. The main reason she's running north of the border is that the Army wants to defer her case so they can send her to Afghanistan. However, it also occurred to me that a soldier could fake being gay for the sole purpose of not being deployed to the combat zones.

In the first Gulf War there was a huge increase of pregnancies of which a goodly portion were specifically to get out of combat service. Will we see a new trend of an increase in gay soldiers being discharged?

Just something to ponder.
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