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Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt dies shortly after DADT Repeal!

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Today CNN reports on Corporal Andrew Wilfahrt, a person believed to be the first gay U.S. soldier to die in battle since President Obama signed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He died from a bomb detonation in Afghanistan in February 27, 2011. Now his parents fight on his behalf for marriage equality in Minnesota.

It reminds us of Minnesota state Republican Representative John Kriesel, an Iraq veteran who lost both of his legs in war and came back to the mainland to vote for equal rights on behalf of all Americans—now that’s what we call a real freedom fighter!

Attacked Gay Soliders can’t reveal identity due to DADT!

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Two gay soldiers were beaten in a suspected hate crime July 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The soldiers were at a fast food restaurant with friends after going out when they were confronted by a group of men who began harassing them with homophobic slurs, the Denver Channel reports.

One victim suffered six bruised ribs; his right eye swelled shut for 10 hours. Another victim in the group had a facial fracture and his jaw had to be wired shut. The victims, who are identified only as John and Ted, have chosen to remain anonymous due to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s continued enforcement. The ban will be lifted 60 days after of certification, which is expected this summer.

They fear their outing could lead to trouble in their military careers. Colorado Springs police Lt. Pat Rigdon said that if police decide the attack was a hate crime based on ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, they could charge the attackers with a hate crime.

Attacked Gay Soliders can't reveal identity due to DADT!

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Two gay soldiers were beaten in a suspected hate crime July 2 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The soldiers were at a fast food restaurant with friends after going out when they were confronted by a group of men who began harassing them with homophobic slurs, the Denver Channel reports.

One victim suffered six bruised ribs; his right eye swelled shut for 10 hours. Another victim in the group had a facial fracture and his jaw had to be wired shut. The victims, who are identified only as John and Ted, have chosen to remain anonymous due to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s continued enforcement. The ban will be lifted 60 days after of certification, which is expected this summer.

They fear their outing could lead to trouble in their military careers. Colorado Springs police Lt. Pat Rigdon said that if police decide the attack was a hate crime based on ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, they could charge the attackers with a hate crime.

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