Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pentagon Decides Being Gay Isn't A Disorder Afterall

They're are a few decades late in updating their policy manual, but the Pentagon has finally gotten it right: being gay is not a mental disorder. PageOneQ quotes Lt. Colonel Jeremy Merten from the Defense Department's department of public affairs as saying about an old Pentagon directive:

The directive has been reviewed, homosexuality should not have been characterized as a mental disorder in an appendix of a procedural instruction. A clarification will be issued over the next few days. Notwithstanding its inclusion, we find no practical impact since that appendix simply listed factors that do NOT constitute a physical disability, and homosexuality of course does not.
This, of course, has no impact on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, which allows the U.S. military to discharge any service person who openly proclaims their homosexuality.

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