Democratic Presidential Candidate Moulton: Restore Benefits of Military Discharged for Being Gay

Seth Moulton
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Democratic U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, a 2020 presidential candidate, on Thursday said if elected he would seek to retroactively upgrade the discharge status of military members dismissed on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Moulton, a former U.S. Marine who did four tours in Iraq, said former service members now must challenge their discharge status even though President Barack Obama repealed the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

A less-than-honorable discharge means no or limited access to military benefits, such as the GI Bill and healthcare, and hurts their career prospects.

“If you were kicked out of a service because you’re gay or if you engaged in homosexual activity, then we’re going to right that wrong,” the Massachusetts congressman said on CNN.

The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, implemented under President Bill Clinton, prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people from military service.

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” did not include retroactive upgrades for service members who had been less-than-honorably discharged since World War Two because of their sexual preference.

Moulton estimated there have been about 100,000 service members kicked out of the military for “being gay.”

“We’ve changed the policy, but we haven’t gone back to fix the discharges of those people who were kicked out,” Moulton said.

His comments came on the same day President Donald Trump joined world leaders in France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, the U.S.-led invasion widely considered as the turning point in World War Two.

Of the more than 20 candidates for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, only South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has publicly said he is gay.

(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Steve Orlofsky)

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Anna
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Anna

Dear Mr.Moulton, thre are 23 people in the Democratic party running for President in 2020, this is a total disgrace to this country, Mr. Obma creating Bigender Facilities in places of the public, was so scandelous, it was and still is not a laughing matter, as well as very costly to the American tax . We all know Gay people stick together lesbian people stick together, as African Americans stick together we seen that in action when Obama was in the White House and I did not see any Senior Senator put a stop to it, in or out fo… Read more »

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By that very same logic, Democrats wold want everyone who was convicted of possession or distribution of marijuana to have their criminal arrest and conviction records removed! It was a clear violation of the UCMJ at the time these gay men or women were dishonorably discharged. Revisionist history, being a pet project of the left, shold not be allowed in these cases!

Kenny
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Moulton proves queers stand by each other.

John Senn
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Nope. It was against regulations at the time and if they violated the UCMJ and were discharged for it, then the record should stand.

Scott Wahlstrom
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This is how he honors those who served and died for their country on the beaches of Normandy? Talk about pandering…geez.

Cjuck
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Cjuck

NO. They violated the code for entry.

Perverts need not apply in the real man’s force
Give them their own unit. Like women in fox holes with men…distraction will get one killed!

Cherl
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I’m going to sound obtuse perhaps but why must an individual declare their sexuality? I never had to declare myself as heterosexual. It should say don’t ask because it’s no one’s business. But in today’s times it becomes a war cry when someone doesn’t get what they think they deserve. Even if they don’t deserve it.

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Bad

I’m sure the homosexuals new it was against regulation, policy and the law to join the military and be gay.
They don’t deserve a dime for going against regulations.

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