Military branches regularly kick out known gay soldiers, but because Chaurasiya made her sexuality known and wanted to leave service (because, she said, she couldn't serve in the military that refused to serve her), she was denied an exit after Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Chaurasiya's commander at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois concluded she was faking her gayness (and her civil union) just to get out.
Except on Monday, the Air Force reversed its decision after Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., described as a “more senior officer,” looked into the case and recommended a discharge. Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley, who has said it's time to repeal DADT, has the final say.
Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. “Is Orr crazy?”
“He sure is,” Doc Daneeka said.
“Can you ground him?”
“I sure can but first he has to ask me to. That's part of the rule.”
“Then why doesn't he ask you to?”
“Because he's crazy,” Doc Daneeka said. “He has to be crazy to keep flying combat missions after all the close calls he's had. Sure I can ground Orr. But first he has to ask me to.”
“That's all he has to do to be grounded?”
“That's all. Let him ask me.”
“And then you can ground him?” Yossarian asked.
“No, then I can't ground him.”
“You mean there's a catch?”
“Sure there is a catch,” Doc Daneeka replied. “Catch-22. Anyone who wants to get out of combat duty isn't really crazy.”
Is she, or isn't she? Only her spouse knows for sure? Why does it matter just how gay you are, whether it's to serve in the military or to play on a softball team ?
Under the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning openly gay service members, getting out shouldn't be a problem.
Unless, that is, Air Force leaders believe her gay marriage is a farce — staged to make way for a quick exit from the service…
Chaurasiya, a communications officer assigned to 375th Air Mobility Wing, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., married her girlfriend Dec. 18 in New Hampshire, where gay marriage is legal. She said the marriage was a spur-of-the-moment decision, but that it was for love and not to defy Pentagon policy…
Question: What, exactly, is it going to take to end a policy even Yossarian would have stared in awe at?
…Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.
Answer: As you may know by now, it will take 15 votes on the Senate Armed Services Committee to get DADT repeal into law this year. Here are those crucial votes. They are handicapped according to their likliehood of supporting repeal. SP denotes sponsor, ++ on the record support, + positive indicator, etc… Please thank supporters too, who knows how many cons may be working the other side.
907-271-5915 907-456-0261 907-586-7700
Peterson Tower, Suite 750, 510 L St, Anchorage, AK, 99501
MARK UDALL (SP)
303-650-7820 719-471-3993 970-356-5586 970-245-9553
999 18th St, Suite 1525, North Tower Denver, CO 80202
JOE LIEBERMAN (SP)
One Constitution Plaza 7th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103
TED KAUFMAN (??)
1105 N. Market St., Suite 2000, Wilmington, DE 19801-1233
BILL NELSON (??)
1-888-671-4091 305-536-5999 813-225-7040 850-942-8415
US Court House Annex 111, North Adams Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301
DANIEL AKAKA (+)
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Rm. 3-106, Box 50144, Honolulu, HI 96850
ROLAND BURRIS (sp)
312-886-3506 Phone: 217-492-5089 309-736-1217 618-529-7471
607 East Adams, Suite 1520 Springfield, IL 62701
EVAN BAYH (??)
317-554-0750 812-465-6500 260-426-3151 219-852-2763
1650 Market Tower, 10 West Market St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
SUSAN COLLINS (+)
207-622-8414 207-945-0417 207-780-3575
One Canal Plazam, Suite 802, Portland, ME 04101
SCOTT BROWN (-)
2400 JFK Federal Building, 55 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA 02203
CARL LEVIN (SP)
313-226-6020 906-789-0052 989-754-2494 616-456-2531
107 Cass Street Suite E Traverse City, MI 49684-2602
CLAIRE MCCASKILL (++)
573-442-7130 816-421-1639 314-367-1364
5850 A Delmar Blvd, Ste. A, St. Louis, MO 63112
KAY HAGAN (++)
1-877-852-9462 336-333-5311 919-856-4630 704-334-2448
701 Green Valley Rd, Suite 201, Greensboro, NC 27408
BEN NELSON (-)
402-391-3411 402-441-4600 402-209-3595 308-293-5818
7602 Pacific St. Ste 205 Omaha, NE 68114
JEFF BINGAMAN (SP)
Suite 130, 625 Silver Avenue, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
JACK REED (++)
800284-4200 401-943-3100 401-528-5200
000 Chapel View Boulevard, Suite 290, Cranston, RI 02920
JIM WEBB (??)
804-771-2221 276-679-4925 757-518-1674 540-772-4236
507 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
ROBERT BYRD (-)
300 Virginia Street, East Suite 2630, Charleston, WV 25301
LINDSAY GRAHAM (-)
803-933-0112 864-250-1417 803-366-2828
508 Hampton Street, Suite 202, Columbia, SC
(crossposted from Daily Kos)