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Sunday, June 06, 2004

Gay Sergeant: Hutchison’s Office Lied
By Christopher Curtis

A discharged staff sergeant says the official word from the office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas regarding his recent visit to her is a set of lies.

“Kay Bailey’s office has always been more responsible than that,” said Noel Freeman in disbelief.

Last week, Freeman was part of a delegation of former military men and women who lobbied lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to overturn “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy which keeps gays and lesbians from serving openly. Freeman left the military after coming out while attending Texas A&M University in December 2000. “I decided I couldn’t live in fear anymore and so I notified my commander that I was gay.”

Out of the 92 different legislative offices visited, only the office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, would not let the military delegation inside. Instead, the delegation, which included Retired Brigadier General Virgil Richard, were forced to stand outside.


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