HRC Statement On Military High Court Ruling

The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement
regarding United States v. Marcum, a case handed down on august 23rd by the
military's highest court of appeals. The court did not address the
overall constitutionality of the armed forces' ban on private,
consensual sodomy, known as Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military
Justice. The court found instead that Marcum's involvement with a
subordinate took the case outside of the realm of Lawrence v. Texas, the
Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws nationwide.

"This discriminatory policy must be struck down," said HRC President
Cheryl Jacques. "We'll continue to work with Servicemembers Legal
Defense Network and other groups to ensure that all members of our armed
forces are treated equally."

This decision does not directly affect the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy.

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