Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

March-21-06

Under New Guidelines, Lesbians and Gays May Be Denied Government Jobs

Revised security clearance guidelines approved by President Bush may create obstacles for lesbians and gay men seeking security-related government jobs. The new guidelines, approved in 2005 but reported by the press just last week, revise Clinton-approved 1997 guidelines to make it easier for the government to reject applicants based on their sexuality. While the 1997 guidelines did not allow sexual orientation to be used as a “disqualifying factor,” the new version states that candidates cannot be rejected “solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual” (emphasis added).

The 1997 guidelines also did not allow candidates to be disqualified on the basis of sexual behavior if “there is no other evidence of questionable judgment, irresponsibility, or emotional instability,” or if it is “not recent.” The new version drops that language, instead only excusing “disqualifying” sexual behavior if it is “strictly private, consensual, and discreet” or “happened so long ago, so infrequently, and under such unusual circumstances that it is unlikely to recur.” The president approved the new guidelines, written by national security advisor Stephen Hadley, at the end of 2005, but there was no public notice accompanying their release.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), an advocacy group for gays in the military, vowed to monitor implementation of the changes and “combat any assertion that sexual orientation should be a bar to security clearance approval.” SLDN spokesperson Steve Ralls told the Associated Press, "It looks as if lesbian and gay service members especially may face some additional roadblocks to obtaining their security clearances.”

Media Resources: AP 3/17 ; Servicemembers Legal Defense Network press release 3/16; Adjudicative Eligibility for Access to Classified Information 1997; Adjudicative Eligibility for Access to Classified Information 2005


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

5/26/2015 Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage - Over the weekend, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to pass a national referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday. . . .
 
5/26/2015 Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills - Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) has announced that he will not veto two pieces of legislation protecting LGBT rights passed by the state legislature in March, meaning they will soon become law. The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk. . . .
 
5/22/2015 Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement - The US Senate voted 62 to 38 yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation, just one week after Senate Democrats filibustered the controversial bill that would allow President Obama to force Congress to vote up-or-down on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP is a far-reaching trade agreement that has faced staunch opposition from a broad coalition of labor, environmental, women's rights, and human rights groups. . . .