Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Objectionable. (Reader Forum)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Objectionable. (Reader Forum)

Article excerpt

I understand that one of the purposes of journalism is to give a platform to all voices regardless of whether you agree with them. Stephen Funk, the gay conscientious objector ["I Object," May 13], is a case in point.

At first I was sorry you gave him any space to air his views. Then, after reading the interview, I was somewhat glad. The story underscored everything I've thought about him since first hearing his story.

The first day his story hit the news about being a marine objecting to the war, I thought how odd for this to happen in an all-volunteer military. Didn't he know going in this could possibly happen? He joined the Marines, for crying out loud, not the Coast Guard. When a few days later he dropped the bomb about being gay, I became furious. He used his status as a gay man and the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to his own advantage in getting out of serving. …

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