Skip to comments.Lesbian U.S. soldier wins bid for asylum
Posted on 11/22/2009 5:26:32 AM PST by Salman
OTTAWA A lesbian soldier who deserted the U.S. army won a key court victory Friday when a judge ordered the refugee board to reconsider her failed asylum claim and take into account compelling evidence that she was persecuted and that her sexual orientation could mean stiffer punishment for going AWOL.
Federal Court Justice Yves de Montigny's order for the board to consider a gay U.S. soldier as a credible refugee candidate is believed to be a first, said a spokesman for the U.S. military.
"I have never heard of anybody attempting to do that before," said army spokesman Lt.-Col. Christopher Garver.
Pte. Bethany Smith, 21, will have another chance to argue her case for staying in Canada, rather than face deportation and a possible court martial in the U.S. for fleeing the military base at Fort Campbell, Ky., two years ago.
"I did a happy dance when I heard," said the deserter, now an Ottawa call centre worker who has adopted the name Skyler James.
Smith, who says she was outed by another soldier who spotted her walking hand-in-hand with a woman at a shopping mall, contends in court documents that she was badgered daily, saddled with extra work by her superiors and received more than 100 threatening notes on her dormitory door, including a death threat.
Smith says that she sought a discharge from the army under the U.S. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that permits openly gay soldiers to leave but that she was told the paperwork would not be done until after she returned from a scheduled deployment to Afghanistan.
She said she considers herself among the hundreds of U.S. war resisters who have fled to Canada as "conscientious objectors."
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I’m a bit surprised a lesbian would have such a sharp-edged jewel in that particular spot.
There. Problem solved. ;)
Canada can have her! Good riddance, good bye, adios. Our military will be better off without this androgynous looking “soldier”. And that blue thing stuck in her lip? Gross.
Until the tyrants in Washington take us over completely, persecution in The United States is like a paid vacation in Iran.
What’s happening to our country, Mexicans breaking in,
lesbians breaking out. What’s next? (;-)
How did she get in? Bring back the draft. Get rid of PC in the services. Reject the weak and keep the strong.
I honestly don’t know why these types of people enlist and what they expect to find in the military.
They seem to want to cause mayhem and problems rather than serving their country honorably. I’ve known of people, both men and women who were possibly homosexual, served their time and were honorably discharged. They did so without fuss, and even if they were not happy with the way they were treated or had to live in the military, they acted like adults and left without publicity.
I hope Canada keeps her...our “loss” will be their gain
Whole thing is stupid. If she told the Army she was a lesbian, she would have been discharged (abeit, not with an honorable discharge). Why desert?
The Fall of America... there it is in a nutshell.
Then she should have no trouble producing those notes as evidence.
Oh, and here's an uncropped version of that photo, along with its negative.
If I were in a combat situation and this thing jumped into my foxhole I’d probably shoot it.
Beauty and the beasts!
There goes breadfast.
Maybe she’s trying to ward off any further rug burn until she heals.
Stay in Canada, you ungrateful freak. Who cares about your sexual orientation? It is just that you are a weak, confused piece of work. Have fun at your call center job, you loser. When will you quit that complaining about something or other? Maybe you should go further north and live on an ice flow with a polar bear (before they all drown from glowbull warming).
Where was the photo on the left taken, and talk about a look of hatred.
We truly don’t need these mentally ill people in our military ranks. We’ve got enough problems these days as it is!
Whoa: No wonder she is a lesbian.
Looking at that would make a dildo have erection dysfunction.
Canada can have her-—and welcome.
Such lovely skin. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen facial herpes before.
The article makes it sound like she just wants out because they are giving her a hard time for being lesbian, but then in the end she says she’s a war resister — I guess she didn’t get the memo that Afghanistan is the “good war”.
And it’s funny that she tried to get out on “don’t ask, don’t tell”, but that didn’t work because the Obama administration is apparently breaking that law by slow-walking the paperwork.
Reject the weak and keep the strong.
Exactly. And maybe Canada can take all of our homosexuals.
Where was the photo on the left taken....
I recall that it was at the D-Day remembrance in France this year.
I’m not sure, but I think it was during the D-Day observance at Omaha Beach.
Yeah, Michelle is definitely one of the mean girls.
I believe a DADT discharge is considered a “medical” discharge and is honorable.
Oh, I thought it was carpet burn.
Being that our Military reveres Islam as much as it does, and the punishments Islam prescribes for homosexual behavior...
Thanks. I copied my answer off your paper. Good thing I type fast. ; )
The Canadian courts are once again getting involved in abetting an AWOL soldier? What? Have they run out of hockey players to prosecute for assault?
Naaah, buttstroke under the chin then commence to caving its skull in with your entrenching tool.
Take one of the “notes” to the MPs and the whole company would be in deep doodoo.
CID would be involved. IG would get in. It would rock the whole base. BTW, I knew lots of Lesbos in the Army and can say without a doubt that nobody gave a damn about it.
I mean really, who cares?
She just wanted out. And she wanted out on HER own terms.
Yeah, everyone knows that the US Army executes lezzbos and queers...oh, wait...that's Islam.
< /sarc >
I believe that you are right. The other female critter is the frog’s first lady, correct?
Refresh my memory. Who are we fighting against in the war in which she “conscientiously objects” to our side? Isn’t it the people who would torture her death for her carpet munching ways? Yeah, I thought so.
She didnt think that she would have to fight when she joined the army. She just joined for the money and other “Perks”
She should have stuck it out for when Obama gets rid of the dont ask dont tell, she would have been free to munch all the carpets she could.
In a manner of speaking, yes.
She'll be crying to come back to the US in a few years.
Sniff, cry, grumble, I made a mistake, please forgive me because I'm gay
and I'm special, I have needs..
I bet she’d be ready to switch sides then.
I was going to comment about them getting their diplomas from a Cracker Jack box, but that would be racist, wouldn’t it?