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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:06 AM
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Canada May Grant Asylum To Lesbian U.S. Army Deserter
A lesbian U.S. Army private fled to Canada after being outed by a fellow soldier, claiming she'd received a death threat from fellow soldiers. In a first, Canadian authorities are considering her asylum request as a "persecuted political refugee."

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 after being outed, she requested a discharge under DADT but was told the paperwork would not be completed until after she returned from her previously scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. No American soldier, including draft evaders, has ever been granted asylum in Canada.

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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:15 AM
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1. I hope she gets it
This is an embarrassment to the U.S. and we SHOULD be embarrassed.
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StarfarerBill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 09:54 AM
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2. Ditto.
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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:50 PM
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3. yup
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 01:56 PM
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4. I can't possibly imagine her getting asylum
Not under this government or any of the next several that are likely to be in power up here. It's sad, but Ottawa's too pants-wettingly terrified of doing anything that the US might dislike. If the court granted it, I imagine Harper would very quickly try to ram through a law or do something questionably legal to 'fix' it.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-24-09 02:53 PM
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5. DADT is such fucking bullshit. This is why it needs to be repealed.
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