The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.

The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man.

“The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step and we commend them for this action,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

“If these allegations are proven to be true then the only responsible decision would be for the Army to terminate her immediately.”

Andrew reported that the recruiter began sending a series of racist and homophobic e-mails after he identified himself as a gay man.

According to reports, the recruiter wrote in one reply, “If you are gay, we don’t take you. We consider you unqualified.”

Reports state this was followed in e-mails from the recruiter making racial remarks.

“These statements are beneath contempt,” Solmonese said. “All Americans, particularly those of us working in the African American and gay civil rights community, should speak out against this behaviour.”

The Human Rights Campaign welcomed the efforts of the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network and the National Black Justice Coalition for their efforts in challenging this outrageous incident.

“We are committed to working with our coalition partners and following this investigation closely to ensure that it continues to be investigated in a comprehensive manner,” Solmonese said.

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