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Lt. Dan Choi's Setback in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Case

Lt. Dan Choi's Setback in 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Case

Lt. Dan Choi, perhaps the most vocal advocate for the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' faced a set back when a military board hearing ended with the recommendation that the West Point graduate be discharged from the Army National Guard for violating the ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.

Lt. Dan Choi, perhaps the most vocal advocate for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," faced a set back when a military board hearing ended with the recommendation that the West Point graduate be discharged from the Army National Guard for violating the ban on openly gay service members.

Following a day of testimony Tuesday, a four-officer panel made the recommendation to discharge Choi but Lt. Gen. Thomas Miller of the First Army Division, and Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, will make the final decision on the case, the Post-Standard newspaper reported.

Choi, who has stumped for an end to the discriminatory policy, has spoken out tirelessly for the past several months, including at recent Prop. 8 protests and at Meet in the Middle, told reporters that he was disappointed by the news but not deterred.

An Arabic linguist, Choi served with the Army in Iraq for 15 months before leaving in 2008 to join the New York National Guard. He came out in the Army Times newspaper and on The Rachel Maddow Show, according to Advocate.com.


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