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V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Lt. Col. Steve Loomis (second from right) stands with his platoon in Vietnam in 1970.
Courtesy of Steve Loomis

News Feature

Army Strong

A gay soldier's life of service

By Marisa Demarco

Lt. Col. Steve Loomis was discharged from the military in 1997, five days before he was eligible for retirement. He'd been in the Army on active duty for almost 20 years and in the Reserve for another 10.

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The color guard of American Veterans for Equal Rights marched in Albuquerque’s Veterans Day Parade for the first time in 2009.
Courtesy of Steve Loomis

Feature: Schedule

Veterans Day Events

Thursday, November 11

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N.M.’s Congressmen on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Jeff Drew

For 17 years, openly gay, lesbian or bisexual men and women have been barred from serving in the military. On Thursday, May 27, the House of Representatives passed a defense bill that included a repeal of that policy. The Senate Armed Services Committee followed suit the same day.

The Alibi contacted New Mexico’s five congressmen to get their views on the issue.

V.19 No.23 | 6/10/2010
Jeff Drew

Talking Points

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

By Marisa Demarco

It's been in effect for 17 years. Openly gay, lesbian or bisexual men and women can't serve in the armed forces. Specifically, they’re barred from showing a tendency toward homosexual acts. The policy also prevents the military from rooting out those hiding their sexual preferences. Still, estimates suggest as many as 13,000 people have been discharged, and thousands more decided not to re-enlist because of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

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NM Blogosphere Roundup: Virgin Galactic, our local spaceport, Bible references etched on US troop rifles, local comics

Terminal Hanger concept, Spaceport America, New Mexico.
Terminal Hanger concept, Spaceport America, New Mexico.

In Sir Richard Branson's new National Geographic reality tv show Virgin Galatic, as Sindicator points out, Spaceport America ("the world’s first and only civilian space exploration site") is located in southern New Mexico.

Only In New Mexico tips us off to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, headquartered in Albuqueruque, and are currently lobbying to stop Bible references from being inscribed on high-powered rifle sights used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the training of Iraqi and Afghan soldiers.

7000 BC reports that New Mexico's seminal & lively 'undergound' comics scene is alive and well with a meeting this Sunday at the Santa Fe Public Library and a UNM Continuing Education class next month: Creating Comics Panel by Panel.

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