Gay active-duty Marine from North Texas: ‘I think it’s still a little too risky’ to come out

Posted on 16 Oct 2010 at 10:41am

A gay active-duty Marine from North Texas said this week’s injunction ordering the military to stop enforcing “don’t ask don’t tell” was “a good start.”

But the Marine, whose name is being withheld to protect him from being outed under the policy, says he won’t be satisfied until the 17-year-old ban on open service is fully and finally repealed.

In a message to Instant Tea on Saturday, the Marine said although his commanders have reportedly been notified of the injunction, there hasn’t been any announcement at his level.

“I haven’t came out to anyone new yet,” said the Marine, who is stationed overseas. “I think it’s still a little too risky.”

U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued the injunction on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Two days later, the Obama administration asked Phillips to stay the injunction pending its appeal of her September ruling declaring the policy unconstitutional. But the judge has yet to rule on the administration’s request.

“I’m really disappointed in the president,” the gay Marine said. “I think he needs to make good on his campaign promises and repeal this law.”

To read our previous story on the Marine, go here.

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