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A Marine Speaks Out on Marriage Equality

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Don't Ask Don't TellI slept with a gay man for six months in Afghanistan.

No one asked. He did not tell.

In 2005, I and 200 Marines in my squadron deployed to Afghanistan to support the global war on terrorism. We were stationed at Bagram air base, a deep bowl surrounded by snowcapped mountains, where it rained and snowed while the sun beamed, prompting one Marine to remark, “Welcome to Afghanistan, the only place on Earth where you get all four seasons and a rocket in the same day.”

We lived in “B-huts,” wooden houses with no internal structure, subdivided into “rooms” by flimsy plywood boards. Every moment was spent in close quarters: working in small offices, eating meals in the chow hall, sleeping in our racks, exercising. We saw each other at our best and our worst, shared secrets and fears, lost patience with and supported one another through the duration of deployment.

Sgt. Santiago and I spoke often, if casually. He routinely had one of the highest physical fitness test scores in our unit and never missed a chance to go salsa dancing stateside with fellow Marines, including our senior enlisted Marine and his wife, whom he persuaded to join a few times. He also proudly displayed his Puerto Rican flag in his barracks. Nevertheless, he was a reserved man, quiet, private. I assumed these were inherent personality traits. I didn’t realize that he was hiding something.

Authored By Roger Dean Huffstetler – See the Full Story at The Washington Post

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USA, New Jersey: Did Waitress Lie About Anti Gay Note on Receipt?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

6a00d8341c730253ef019b01ac64c8970d-800wiA couple accused of leaving an anti-gay note on a restaurant receipt in New Jersey is coming forward to say they didn’t do it.

Towleroad reports:

Now a family has come forward claiming that Morales doctored the receipt and that they have the real copy, with an $18 tip that they gave to her, NBC 4 reports: They also provided a document they said was a Visa bill, which appears to indicate their card was charged for the meal plus the tip, for a total of $111.55. The couple told NBC 4 New York that they believed their receipt was used for a hoax. The wife says she is left-handed and could not have made the slash in the tip line, which she said looks to be drawn from the right.

So who is telling the truth here? You get two copies of the receipt with the space for the tip when you go to a restaurant, so it makes sense that the note would not be on the customer copy. But the fact that the customer can show that the tip was charged on their bill does throw the waitress’s statement and the question. What do you think?

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Washington DC, USA: At White House, Gay Marine Asks Partner to Marry Him

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

At White House, Gay Marine Asks Partner to Marry HimCongratulations to U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps, who proposed to his partner Ben Schock in the White House over the weekend.

Wrote Phelps: “Such a special night surrounded by wonderful people in an amazing place, and the best is still yet to come with Ben Schock. Thanks for all the wonderful greetings and messages, and thanks to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for lending us your home for the occasion!”

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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NH: Marine Fighting for Gay Brother’s Right to Marry

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

New Hampshire Marriage EqualityCraig Stowell fought with the U.S. Marines in Iraq in 2004 and now is fighting for the right of gays, like his brother, to marry in New Hampshire.

“My brother and best friend, Calvin, was tormented all the way through high school because people knew he was gay,” Craig Stowell, 30, said in an online petition seeking to pressure New Hampshire legislators not to repeal the state’s 2009 law that legalized gay marriage.

In a video posted on YouTube, Calvin Stowell described being bullied as a schoolboy because he was gay. “I was constantly asked by my peers: Are you gay? You sound so gay. You walk so gay,” said the 23-year-old New Yorker, who works for a non-profit.

Full Story from Local 10

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NH: Former Marine Testifies For Gay Marriage, Younger Brother

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Former Marine Craig Stowell testified at a Thursday hearing in New Hampshire in support of gay marriage and his 22-year-old gay brother Calvin.

Supporters of the state’s year-old gay marriage law greatly outnumbered opponents during a hearing to consider two bills that aim to end the institution in the state.

Stowell, a self-described conservative, was among the hundreds of supporters who spoke in favor of the law.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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