Can Gays Still Get National Security Clearance?

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With this administration, who knows? But some civil rights advocates are worried a recent change in some wording that used to bar anyone from disallowing security clearance based on sexual orientation.

The Bush administration said security clearances cannot be denied “solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual.” But it removed language saying sexual orientation “may not be used as a basis for or a disqualifying factor in determining a person’s eligibility for a security clearance.”

The White House sought to play down the changes, approved by President Bush in December, as an effort to ensure the security clearance rules are consistent with a 1995 executive order about access to classified information.

We have no clue what that means either, but we gotta’ assume the worst with these guys. If the language was fine before, why change it? Maybe it’s fine and we’re just being paranoid, but coming from the ‘sanctity of marriage’ jackasses, we’d be checking our security clearances if we were you. (Actually, if you were us there’d be no way in hell you’d get on in the first place, but we digress).

Security Clearance Rules May Impede Gays [Forbes]