Luiza Fritz, lesbian soldier, mulls legal action to rejoin military after Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal

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Luiza Fritz.
This week marked the official end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the policy that allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the U.S. military so long as command didn't learn about their sexuality. Luiza Fritz, who was discharged in 2008 for being a lesbian, would like to continue her service, and she may take legal action to make it happen even though the military is currently garnishing her wages after kicking her out.

"I served about thirteen-and-a-half years in the Iowa National Guard as an MP," Fritz says. "I was an E7 platoon sergeant in charge of about forty guys," and during her time in uniform, "all my evaluation reports were rated outstanding or above outstanding." Moreover, Fritz became comfortable enough with her fellow soldiers that she was able to be fairly open about her relationship with her wife, Sarah. "I would frequently bring her to family functions having to do with the unit, and nobody gave me too much grief about it," she notes.

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Luiza and Sarah.
Things changed in February 2008, when her unit was sent to Iraq for the second time. "They deployed us too early, and they didn't have a job for us," she recalls. "So they split up our unit by platoons, and I was reassigned to a unit from Oklahoma that was doing detainee operations -- running a prison. And that took me out from under the umbrella" of the Iowa National Guard, "and opened me up to anyone and everyone who wanted to find a reason to get rid of me."

Before long, Fritz came into conflict with some of the Oklahoma troops, who "didn't follow policy as well as I'd like. We butted heads, and I felt they didn't care for me, because I was an opinionated female who was strong and had a lot of rank. Apparently, I intimidated people."

This friction led to an investigation of Fritz. Just last night, she learned of its origins from another soldier, and she was shocked to discover that the person who spurred the inquiry was one of the Iowa soldiers. However, she was told the man in question, now retired from the military, was "swayed in some way by individuals in the Oklahoma unit. They basically had him go around behind my back and try to get statements from other soldiers in my platoon against me."

Evidence wasn't tough to find. "Sarah and I had gotten our domestic partnership in Denver prior to my deploying," she says. "So that being a matter of public record, it violated the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy by way of what they call 'attempted marriage' -- that's the technical phrase for it."

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in the last days they shall call what is wrong right....what is right wrong....something seems really evident that it is happening all over the world...america is accepting what is wrongand turning away what is correct...Jesus loves the sinner but not the sin...hey guys/galsyou can say its right all you want but that will never make it right...the bible says thatthere is a way that seemeth right to a man but in the end is death...homesexuality willNEVER EVER be correct..gosh if your confused about your gender just check yourequipement and that will tell you what you are...if you hate men so much...why do you try to be one??? hope you can not pick and choose what you want to believe out of the bible...that is what this conuntry was found on...God-Jesus-Holy Spirit are real and alivetheir is Grace for you; but you gotta accept it...     

Miguel V.
Miguel V.

I've met Luiza and her wife, Sarah, through the LGBT Color Guard and they are simple women that want two things: to be happily married and to serve their country. I cannot wait for the day that she tells us all that she is getting back in! 


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