The recent wedding at West Point of Forum member Sue Fulton, has prompted much discussion in the blogosphere. Her wedding, and that of an active duty West Point graduate, are striking examples of the inequality that exists between opposite and same gender married couples presently serving in our country’s Armed Forces. Sue’s fellow OutServe-SLDN board member and West Point graduate, Jonathan Hopkins explains the stark differences.
Setting aside the question of second class status of these same gender families, and the adverse impact their mistreatment potentially has on unit morale, discipline and readiness, is this not a matter of simple justice? Most line officers understand the impact this inequality has on their ability to lead their troops and are starting to be heard on the issue. Where are the voices of chaplains demanding justice?