Press Room

August 23, 2004


HRC Statement on Military High Court Ruling

'This discriminatory policy must be struck down,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement regarding United States v. Marcum, a case handed down yesterday by the military's highest court of appeals. The court did not address the overall constitutionality of the armed forces' ban on private, consensual sodomy, known as Article 125 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The court found instead that Marcum's involvement with a subordinate took the case outside of the realm of Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court case that struck down sodomy laws nationwide.

"This discriminatory policy must be struck down," said HRC President Cheryl Jacques. "We'll continue to work with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and other groups to ensure that all members of our armed forces are treated equally."

This decision does not directly affect the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.