Marriage, Schmarriage

Iowa’s Armed Forces Still Plan on Discriminating for Old Time’s Sake


Just because Iowa has legalized fairy marriage doesn’t mean the armed forces are about to start playing nice! The Iowa National Guard still plans on exercising its legal right to call you a fag and send you home. The Guard is a federal organization, see, which means it falls under the purview of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, despite the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that gays are just as free to do something stupid and agree to have sex with one person for the rest of their lives just like everyone else. All of this is, apparently, a surprise to people who are supposed to be watching this sort of thing.

Des Moines Register: “Officials representing One Iowa, a Des Moines-based gay rights group, said they had been unaware of the Iowa National Guard’s legal stance on same-sex marriage. ‘We believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military and encourage federal legislation to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Iowans serving honorably in the military should not have to choose between the protections of marriage and their dedication to serving our country,’ said Carolyn Jenison, One Iowa’s executive director. None of the 9,400 soldiers and airmen now serving in the Iowa National Guard is known to have obtained a license for a same-sex marriage since the Iowa court ruling was issued, Hapgood said. He said he wasn’t aware of any gays or lesbians being discharged from the Iowa National Guard since the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military was approved by Congress. This includes thousands of Iowa National Guard members deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries since 2001, he said.”