Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Police Out Lesbian Soldier

Here’s an appalling story about an Air Force officer who followed the rules. She wasn’t asked and didn’t tell, but when the police in Rapid City, South Dakota saw her marriage certificate to another woman in her home, they notified the military and she is now being kicked out of the military.

Jene Newsome played by the rules as an Air Force sergeant: She never told anyone in the military she was a lesbian.

The 28-year-old’s honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

She’s filed a federal lawsuit against the police, with the help of the ACLU. The police actually spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table by looking through the windows of her house, for crying out loud.

In the complaint filed last month with the department, ACLU South Dakota said police had no legal reason to tell the military Newsome was a lesbian and that officers knew if they did, it would jeopardize her military career…

“This information was intentionally turned over because of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and to out Jene so that she would lose her military status,” said Robert Doody, executive director of ACLU South Dakota. The ACLU is focusing its complaint on the police department, not the military, and Newsome said she and her attorney have not yet decided on whether to file a lawsuit.

“The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ piece is important and critical to this, but also it’s a police misconduct case,” Doody said.