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Faulkner joined the Marines in 1953, and served in the Philippines. In 1956, he got kicked out with an “undesirable discharge” for being gay. His military papers said “homosexual” on them, quite an obstacle in the 1950s.

Still, Faulkner moved on, and had a successful career in sales.

A few years ago, when he got diagnosed with terminal cancer, Faulkner contacted his family about a dying wish.

"I always knew he served in the Marines, but no one in the family knew of the [undesirable] discharge," says his niece, Michelle Clark.

Faulkner had come out to his family in 2005, attending a wedding with his partner of more than 20 years. But now he told them that the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” had made it possible to get his military discharge upgraded after years of avoiding the subject.

"He’s been carrying this societal shame with him all these years," Clark says. "We as a family had no idea the pain he had inside of him."

But a correction of military records usually takes at least six months, as well as a lawyer. The activist group OutServe-SLDN helped Faulkner get a pro-bono lawyer from the New York firm Winston & Strawn.

When lawyer Anne Brooksher-Yen saw the case and the time frame, she was worried, even when the military agreed to expedite the case.

"I didn’t know whether expedited was going to mean six weeks or six months," Anne Brooksher-Yen says. "So I did have a conversation with him that we might not be able to get this done before he died."

The Marines acted on his dying request in just two weeks. Last Friday in Florida, a small group presented Faulkner with his honorable discharge.

"I didn’t think that maybe I would last through all the battles that we’ve had, but a Marine is always a Marine," Faulkner said at the ceremony.

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Later, Eric talked about the experience on his Facebook page, where friends and strangers alike left him apologies and messages of support.
“Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying. I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other. All of man kind should be ashamed. I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even boo’ed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God.”

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Later, Eric talked about the experience on his Facebook page, where friends and strangers alike left him apologies and messages of support.

“Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying. I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other. All of man kind should be ashamed. I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even boo’ed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God.”


I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call. Here I am making a second call. … I’m a busy man.

An incredulous Mitt Romney, leaving a second and third message in the voicemail of a grieving mother he’d called to console on the loss of her son in Iraq. (via alexandraerin)

Kern’s husband told the Boston Phoenix that he had heard Romney’s second and third messages and remembers Romney saying “I’m a busy man” in one of them.

Amanda Henneberg, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, refutes the accounts of the fallen soldier’s mother and father — they’re lying, in other words.

The Boston PhoenixThe Huffington Post

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Misconduct by troops and the punishment given them compared.

Misconduct by troops and the punishment given them compared.