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US: Gay former solider fined $100 for White House protest

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  1. PeterinSydney 29 Mar 2013, 3:11pm

    Some relief with news of the fine, but he should have been declared a hero for human rights. And that is exactly what he is.

  2. Staircase2 29 Mar 2013, 3:19pm

    Shocking but predictable

    Mind you, the whole point of Civil Disobedience is you take the ‘punishment’ in order to emphasise the injustice of the State’s policy

    I’m hoping he has someone else willing to pay the fine for him

    He should be given a medal

  3. He is a hero for civil rights. He should be reinstated into the army and compensated for the injustice he faced. He should not have been fined or even arrested. It is just wrong on so many fronts.

    1. Fining him a token $100 when the trial cost tens of thousands sends a great message from the judge who obviously disapproved strongly about this coming to court.

      The authorities will think twice about doing this again.

      I suspect someone in power was homophobic and hoped to make an example of him. It backfired and that person should be refused any job promotion in future.

      1. Along with many other protesters convicte for green/equal rights/ect protests, this is a token sentence.
        The Judge has indicated that “You broke the law and must be punished for that, but it was in a good cause and therefor, I’ll hand down the minimum punishment that I can to show that you’ve been morally right to do so.

        This brings to mind the sentence of Lucy Lawless, of 120 hours comminity service for occuping the Shell driling ship in NZ last year; she was in the NZ Gay Pride Parade in Auckland 16 February 2013 and volunteered at the Big Gay Out event as part of her sentence. GO UNCO!!!!!!

  4. ‘Solidar’? is that the opposite of a ‘liquidar’?

    1. It’s just Scott’s poor poof reading again… :-)

  5. Garry Cassell 29 Mar 2013, 4:29pm

    How politicians can speak from both sides of their mouths at the same time including the President…anything to get elected..but true equality…thats a different subject…shame on your justice system or mockery system..

  6. Mike Magoo 29 Mar 2013, 5:07pm

    For shame !! The poor man was dismissed because of his
    sexual orientation – imagine the humiliation and anguish he endured !! He should be re-instated and financially compensated
    – justice NOT

  7. We must keep Dan in our thoughts and prayers. He has clearly had a nervous breakdown. His behavior in court was bizarre and incoherent and he was immediately taken to a hospital after collapsing upon being sentenced. More details are here:

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