Gay Dutch soldiers object to Gay Pride ban

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The SH&K who represents homosexuals in the armed forces has written a letter to the defence minister asking for a clarification on his decision to ban soldiers in uniform.

7 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The foundation representing homosexuals in the armed forces, the SH&K, has written an open letter to Defence Minister Eimert Middelkoop saying they feel deeply aggrieved by the minister's decision to ban soldiers in uniform from taking part in Saturday's Gay Pride parade in Amsterdam.

Deputy Defence Minister Jack de Vries said that an extravaganza like Gay Pride did not befit the dignity of the military uniform. In their letter, which was published in a leading gay magazine, the SH&K asked the minister to clarify his decision. They say they do not understand why gay Amsterdam police officers could take part in uniform but gay soldiers could not.

Earlier, two opposition parties, the democrat party D66 and the conservative VVD, condemned the minister's decision.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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  • Dennis posted:

    on 12th August 2008, 03:25:58 - Reply

    As a professional soldier, I haven't met anyone who considered the Dutch military to be anything but a benign, social organization. So, why not let homosexuals in uniform march, dance, fornicate, or do whatever they want? Who outside the Netherlands would even notice?