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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Navy's quick condemnation of Capt. Owen Honors wins praise of gay rights groups

By Greg Jaffe

The Navy's quick condemnation and pledge to investigate videos in which a senior officer on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier used anti-gay slurs and mimicked masturbation won the praise of gay rights groups Monday.

Capt. Owen Honors, who commands the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, starred in the videos that were aired on the ship's closed-circuit television system in 2006 and 2007 when he was the ship's second-in-command. In recent days, the videos have made Honors an unfortunate Internet sensation.

"What we see here is, unfortunately, a 49-year-old Navy captain acting like a 19-year-old fraternity boy," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which has advocated for gay service members. "There is no place for that type of frat-house behavior."

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By Greg Jaffe  | January 3, 2011; 11:30 AM ET
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There are many humorous video`s available on the Internet, they poke fun at Christians, Jews, Atheists, Negro`s, gays, lesbians, and many other social groups. Some are funny, but it goes beyond freedom of speech when that video is made on a naval vessel. The Captain Is guilty of promoting homophobic behavior, and he should be punished. The severity of punishment should be decided by the sailors who he drove deeper into the closet. With the repeal of DADT, they will soon be coming out to accuse him of conduct unbecoming of a naval officer.

Posted by: morristhewise | January 4, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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