Richard Noble, 45, tried joining the Marines at age 17 — but was rejected for his homosessuality. He’s still bitter. So last Tuesday he began a 56-mile trek from Palm Springs to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms in California to draw attention to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the supposed “compromise” policy Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993, well after Noble was first rejected when the military had a blanket ban on gays. Yesterday morning, averaging about 10 miles a day and sleeping on the couches of strangers (or, sometimes, the side of the road), he completed his journey literally just in time to have Gen. James Amos stop by the Marine base.
Amos spent an hour with troops in training and made no comment about Noble’s demonstration, where he also took the time to tell reporters that it’s up to Congress to repeal DADT — something he’d like to hang on to.