Brutal murder of gay sailor increasingly looking suspicious, while Obama DOD (surprise) does nothing

“By the time this administration is over, I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.” – President Obama, 6/29/09, speaking to carefully selected gay leaders at the White House

A possible hate crime killing of a gay US sailor on Obama’s watch. Navy Seaman August Provost III was gagged, bound by the hands and feet, shot in the head three times, and then his body burned. His relatives say he was repeatedly harassed for being gay, but couldn’t seek help from the Defense Department because of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. Now he’s dead.

Obama administration investigators say it was just a random act of violence. Move right along.

Putting aside my obvious concerns about the Obama administration’s lackluster record on gay civil rights, you would think that after the recent uproar over the Obama DOJ’s anti-gay DOMA brief comparing gay marriage to incest and pedophilia – and the Obama administration’s rushed attempt to play catch up by organizing White House ceremonies, cocktail parties, and an assortment of minor rights – someone in the Obama White House would say “hey, maybe we need to call DOD and tell someone to actually, seriously investigate this murder,” rather than blowing off the concerns of the dead US military member’s family.

Not so much.

Investigators have called the sailor’s death a random act unrelated to the his sexuality and have taken a “person of interest” into custody. No charges have been filed.

The dead sailor’s aunt says the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy shares the blame in her nephews death:

“He went to the Navy to serve and protect,” she said in an interview with Beaumont’s KFDM News, “he didn’t get protected at all.”

Roy told The Associated Press that the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy discouraged her nephew from asking for help.

“That phrase is just stupid because it tells them they have no one to speak to,” she said.

To our president, and to those gay “leaders” advising him that it’s okay to drag his feet on his major promises to our community, the message is clear: Political cowardice comes at a price.


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