Activist Dan Choi, who was discharged from the army under DADT discriminatory policy reveals plans to re-enlist in the armed forces.
Politico has the exclusive:
More than two years after former infantry officer Daniel Choi came out on a talk show as a gay service member ? an event that led to his discharge – the Iraq war veteran says he will re-enlist in the U.S. Army following Tuesday?s repeal of Don?t Ask, Don?t Tell.
?Going back to the military will be a vindication,? Choi told POLITICO. [I?m] going back because I fought to go back. The seriousness of our claims was not just political theatre ? it was really drawn from our lives. I sacrificed so much so I could go back.?
In October 2010, he attempted to rejoin the U.S. Army, but has gone back and forth since then. Choi has scheduled appointment with a military recruiter to talk about joining the Army Reserves later this week.
Choi became a gay rights icon after the West Point grad told television host Rachel Maddow that he was gay back in March 2009. His resulting military discharge galvanized opposition to DADT, which allowed for gay individuals to be removed from service. Choi?s activism led to trouble with the law, and he was later arrested for chaining himself to the White House fence during a protest.
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