The body of an openly gay sailor was found yesterday in a guard shack outside of Camp Pendleton, a USMC base just outside San Diego. The case may be investigated as a hate crime.You have to wonder if this is one of the reasons why President Obama is moving slowly on the repeal of DADT.
On the one hand, I can easily see an increase in anti-gay violence within the armed forces if gays and lesbians were able to serve openly. On the other hand, the only way to keep the lid on such violence is to change minds. And changing minds would require nothing short of full integration into the forces.
Quite the quandary.
In the mean time, the USMC should investigate this murder, arrest and charge the individual(s) responsible, and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.