Sunday, March 24, 2013

Navy Captain Insults Gay Spouse

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Captain Robert N. Geis is currently the Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, VA. It seems that Navy SH1 Melissa Smith is retiring next month & has requested that her legal spouse, T.J. Jenkins, receive a customary Certificate of Appreciation & other appropriate honors from the Commanding Officer. Geis has denied that request citing DOMA though other gay military families in the Navy have been recognized in that way – even as late as six weeks ago. Allyson Robinson Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN & an Army Veteran has called on the Department of Navy to intervene stating, “There is an inconsistency here that the Navy must address immediately for this family, but the real enemy is the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. As long as DOMA is on the books, commanders will be forced to discriminate, despite the fact that our Commander-in-Chief & Secretary of Defense have made it clear that America’s LGBT service members & their families deserve to be treated fairly. Our expectation is that SH1 Smith’s – & every commander of American troops – will do everything possible under the law to honor the service & sacrifice of LGBT military families & OutServe-SLDN is working directly with the Department of the Navy to ensure that happens here.” This anti gay incident comes just days before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases involving the freedom to marry, one specifically related to the constitutionality of DOMA.  Read More…. 
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