Out, and In Uniform

A Navy sailor fights the military's ban on gays and gets his post back

IF YOU'RE OUT OF THE CLOSET, YOU'RE OUT OF THE service. For 50 years, that has been the firm rule of the U.S. military. But the day after Veterans Day, following a bitter court battle, Petty Officer Keith Meinhold managed to regain his Navy job at Moffett Field Naval Air Station in Mountain View, California. The 12-year veteran had been discharged in August after announcing he was gay on national TV. When U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. ordered the Navy to take Meinhold back the first time, the Navy balked. But after Hatter reaffirmed his order, Acting Secretary of...

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