Contradictory Marine/Navy guidance on separate-but-equal housing for gay/straight troops

The guidance coming out of the Marines/Navy on DADT says clearly that separate-but-equal housing arrangements for gay and straight troops won’t be allowed, then in the next paragraph it says, well, maybe it will be allowed. Read for yourself:


Will the Department of Defense build separate living or bathroom facilities for gay and straight Service members?

No. Building separate facilities would create divisions within units and inappropriately isolate a portion of the force.

FAQ 10

Does a Marine or Sailor have the legal right to refuse to share accommodations and/or facilities with a gay, lesbian or bisexual Service member?

No. Marines and Sailors do not have a legal right to reject (or select) assignment with any other Service member within shared military accommodations and facilities. In addition, Marines and Sailors do not have the legal right to refuse work or duty assignments based on a moral objection to another individual’s sexual orientation.

Mission readiness, unit effectiveness, and good order and discipline, remain the priority. Refusal to comply with lawful orders may result in disciplinary action.

Talking Points

If a Marine or Sailor has a concern with a billeting or work arrangement for any reason, he or she should address those concerns appropriately within their chain of command. Commanders may use discretion in personnel assignments to berthing, housing and other facilities to maintain morale, good order, and discipline based on policies and space available.

Accommodation requests for any reason are considered on a case-by-case basis.

What this says to me, legalese-wise, is that they won’t build separate facilities for gay and straight troops, and you dont have a “legal” right to demand separate billeting, but that doesn’t mean they won’t LET you sleep and shower away from the gay if you ask nicely. It sounds like a very cute and clever way for the Marines/Navy to segregate troops is they deem it necessary.

Which leads one to ask whether troops are permitted segregated quarters, and whether “Commanders may use discretion in personnel assignments to berthing, housing and other facilities to maintain morale, good order, and discipline based on policies and space available” when the service member in question doesn’t like blacks, Latinos or Jews?


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Pat Robertson Reads God’s 2011 Housing Market Forecast, Verbatim

You must feel like a pretty lame human being, not able to hear the word of god so clearly you can recite his monologue word-for-word. But then you are not The 700 Club's Pat Robertson, giver of homosexual friendship advice, who says the lord spoke to him — using words like "interest groups," "fixed incomes," "bonds," and "get out of debt and restrict purchases" — and said that a reckoning will arrive by 2013. The creditors are coming! Also: locusts. Maybe.

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Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act Introduced

Yesterday, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, introduced the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, a measure that would modernize the Fair Housing Act in a number of ways – including extending that law’s protections against housing discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.  Adopted in 1968, the Fair Housing Act (also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act) makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious, national origin, gender, disability, or familial status.  The HOME Act is supported by the National Fair Housing Alliance and a number of other fair housing and civil rights groups.

As you’ll recall, early this year Chairman Nadler introduced a bill solely to address LGBT housing discrimination – the Fair and Inclusive Housing Act of 2010.  The measure introduced yesterday embodies a broader set of reforms to the Fair Housing Act, and we thank the Chairman for ensuring that equality for our community is a central part of it.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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George Washington University Adds Gender-Neutral Housing Option

Last week, George Washington University approved a student proposal to allow students to choose roommates they feel most comfortable with and get along with the best – regardless of gender. Gender-neutral housing, as it is commonly called, will be available to all students in all but the three female-only dorms on its campus starting next fall.

GWU joins around 50 other colleges and universities across the country with similar expanded housing options, but is somewhat unique in terms of the expansiveness of its new policy. For example, Princeton University’s pilot of the option began this fall, but was limited to upperclass undergraduates in apartment-style dorms. Similarly, Columbia University restricted its new policy to sophomore, junior and senior students. GWU should be commended for its leadership in ensuring all of its students are able to feel comfortable in their living situations.

As a GWU alumnus, I had the opportunity to discuss my personal experience with the review committee evaluating the proposal. Like many queer students, I finally came out to my friends and family while at college. It was definitely a process though, and while at school students should be focused on learning, not worried about potential harassment or feel forced to hide their sexuality or gender identity from their roommates.

Schools with gender-neutral housing policies typically report that the percentage of students who take advantage of them is low and these policies serve as a sign of the campus’ commitment to being welcoming and inclusive. These are the type of indicators high school seniors look to when trying to figure out which school is right for them. I’m proud that since my graduation, my alma mater has continued its efforts to support LGBT students by opening a resource center, adding gender identity to its non-discrimination policy, starting an LGBT studies minor and now offering gender-neutral housing.

Of course, none of these changes would have happened without the tireless advocacy by students, faculty and staff who recognized the importance of these changes. Check out HRC’s youth and campus outreach program to learn more about campus activism, whether you want to form an LGBT student group or trade tips with students at campuses across the county.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

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Housing and anti-LGBT discrimination

Chalisa D. Warren, senior public information representative with the city of Dallas Fair Housing Office, will give an overview of the city’s Human Relations Ordinance, known as Chapter 46, that prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, on Saturday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Branch of the Dallas Public Library.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Dallas Public Library’s GLBT Adult Programming Committee.

For more information, call 214-671-9580.

(Thanks to Phyllis Guest for the heads-up on this one.)постоянно поисковая оптимизация сайта

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