Memphis Marine says gay community ''shocked into action''

Posted by JD Uy
September 28, 2009 10:26 PM |

"It felt like somebody had violated the honor and commitment that we as military veterans feel about our service.... All my brothers and sisters in uniform who are part of the gay community who aren't able to speak for themselves.... The billboards will be put back up.''

Tim Smith a US Marine who was featured in a visibility campaign for the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Tennessee. Just days after being posted in five downtown spots, the billboard that featured Smith and the slogan "I'm gay and I protected your freedom" was completely torn down. KLTV reports that he was honorably discharged after a military minister outed him. (KLTV)

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