Supreme Court hearing brings up comment about gay soldiers

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Supreme Court hearing brings up comment about gay soldiers

Postby Bramasole_iowa » Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:10 pm

http://www.sltrib.com/News/ci_10970666

A lawyer arguing for the city and another representing the federal government said the nation's parks would be littered with monuments from every group that wanted to produce one if a government had no control over their placement in public areas.
"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial did not open us up to a Viet Cong memorial," said Daryl Joseffer, deputy U.S. solicitor general. "When the Martin Luther King memorial is completed on the Mall, it will not have to be offset by a monument to the man who shot Dr. King."
But that gets tricky, chided Justice John Paul Stevens.
"Well, supposing the government in the Vietnam Memorial decided not to put up the names of any homosexual soldiers. Would that be permissible?" he asked Joseffer, who joined with Pleasant Grove in the case.
"Yes," Joseffer responded. "When the government is speaking it can choose who to memorialize and who not."


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Postby dracuscalico » Sun Nov 23, 2008 11:13 pm

If the government doesn't want every group putting up monuments, then they'd better at least represent every group of American soldiers who did their duty. They served together, they get recognized together, end of story.

As long as they DON'T discriminate, they can dispute separate monuments because they've already got everyone covered.
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