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    March 11, 2007

    'The real 11 inches' on Matt Sanchez

    Posted by: Chris

    Mattsanchezblog Matt Sanchez may have left his gay porn-escort past behind him, but it is coming back to haunt, and I don't mean angry Ann Coulter phone calls. The Navy Times reports that the U.S. Marines have begun a probe — er, investigation:

    Homosexual behavior is prohibited by an article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that forbids “sodomy.”

    As a member of the [Individual Ready Reserves], Sanchez falls under the authority of Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Mo., where the commanding general’s staff judge advocate, Lt. Col. Michael Blessing, has begun an inquiry into the revelations about his past, according to command spokesman Shane Darbonne.

    “We’re looking into it and we’re going to verify facts and determine if any further action is warranted,” Darbonne said.

    As of Friday afternoon, officials at Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans were unable to confirm whether Sanchez had enlisted prior to the end of his film career or if Reserve Marines were prohibited from doing porn when not in a drilling status. Sanchez has not returned phone calls seeking comment. He joined the Corps May 14, 2003 and is a refrigeration mechanic.

    On Friday officials at Marine Corps Recruiting Command were unable to say whether past participation in gay porn disqualifies a potential enlistee because it was unclear how the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy might apply.

    If liberal and gay bloggers can get over their (understandable) glee at the fact that O'Reilly-Coulter-Hannity put a gay porn star on their right-wing pedestal, the real focus of the Sanchez flap ought to be here. Or, as Matt Foreman of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force put it, this is "the real 11 inches" of the Matt Sanchez story. Says Foreman:

    There’s no inherent contradiction between Matt Sanchez being pro-military and being part of the ‘adult film’ industry. The real hypocrisy expresses itself in two different and important ways. First, the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law requires Matt Sanchez and thousands of other loyal Americans to hide their sexual orientation to serve their country in the military.

    The important 11 inches in this story? That is the approximate distance between berths on U.S. naval submarines, so defamatorily measured in front of TV cameras by then-Sen. Sam Nunn in 1993, who immorally intimated that openly gay service members could not be permitted to bunk next to straight service members. From that shameful episode, Nunn led Congress to adopt the ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ law, which should now be repealed. Let’s be done with officially enforced closets.

    It's not a juicy hypocrisy, but it's certainly wrongheaded, that adult consensual sodomy between two people of the same sex is still a crime under the Military Code of Justice, almost four years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down civilian sodomy laws.

    Jamiegorelick It's little known outside legal circles that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" actually depends on that military sodomy law. Since the Clinton Justice Department (9/11 Commission member Jamie Gorelick in particular) wanted to hide how the policy is actually based on the "status" of being gay, they constructed it to be based on "conduct," in particular the UMCJ prohibition on "homosexual conduct."

    So now Sanchez might get caught up in "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," even though he's not technically "telling," since he claims he was so "bad at being gay" that he isn't anymore. (Huh?) Ironically, that ludicrous defense just might work. There's a loophole that allows a service member to stay even after being identified as gay if they can prove that they have no "predilection" for future homosexual conduct.

    Ericalva_1 Let's hope this whole ridiculous house of cards comes tumbling down when the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston considers an appeal in a suit challenging the policy brought by the gay vets and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Or maybe the Democratically-controlled Congress will step up to the plate, and listen to a much more impressive handsome gay Latino Marine — Eric Alva, the first American injured in the 2003 invasion of Iraq — and repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

    It's disappointing that Sanchez hasn't added his voice to that call, perhaps because he still hopes to curry favor with those conservatives who've been so accepting of his porn past. Whether or not he is actually gay — and Andy Towle is insisting he as "pretty good at it" back in the day — Sanchez ought to know as well as anyone that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is unfair, and may well result in his own ouster.

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    1. Robert on Mar 13, 2007 11:34:40 AM:

      Hi Crain,

      Not easy being in the middle, is it? Most would rather rant and rave from the extremes! But your piece here is levelheaded and sensible.

    1. RJP3 on Mar 19, 2007 4:02:26 PM:

      Chris Crane is in no way in the middle here. At all. I am sure he would give Sanchez a column at The Blade if he still was and editor at the publication... he gave one to the gay white house escort Marine. Hating the left was enough for Crane to humilate himself by giving Gannon a job and enough for him to damage the reputation of his paper.

    1. Robert on Mar 26, 2007 12:35:52 AM:

      RJP3,

      You claim that Crain is not in the middle, but only cite the mention of Jeff Gannon as 'proof' of conservative bias. I don't find that convincing.
      Perhaps you could spend your time more forcefully by documenting for Wikipedians the male escorting services by Matt Sanchez, which he is now denying:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Sanchez

    1. RJP3 on Apr 3, 2007 7:31:22 PM:

      Robert ... do your own research ... Chris is a right wing gay-liberal hater.

      He once sent me a personal email say the liberal gays who brought us the gay movement did nothing to help him and only he set himself free.... Chris is an asshole.... and a conservative.

    1. RJP3 on Apr 3, 2007 7:34:35 PM:

      Robert ... do your own research ... Chris is a hates gay-liberals.

      He once sent me a personal email saying that he owes nothing to the liberal movement that brought us gay freedoms in the 70s and 80s. Chris is an rich white self-serving elitist..... and a conservative Republican.

      He is wealthy enough to buy up the liberal gay press he hated and change it by giving Jeff Gannon a job at The Blade.

      Dont trust Chris at ALL.

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