Letters to the Editor(Editor's Note: The Tech received a copy of the following letter addressed to MIT President Charles M. Vest.)
I heartily commend MIT's public endorsement of the Military Freedom Act of 1992. This act, sponsored by Rep. Pat Schroeder (D-Col.), would prohibit military discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The passing of this bill would rectify the unjust stance taken by the Department of Defense, namely regulation 1332.14 that states, "Homosexuality is incompatible with military service."
As you may know, I was discharged from MIT's Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps in 1990 and was ordered torepay $38,612 in scholarship money because I informed my Commanding Officer that I was gay. The Navy rescinded its recoupment order to me and all other midshipmen in my situation through the combined efforts of the MIT community, the press, and 35 members of Congress. I am glad to see that this alliance is still viable and in use.
At this time, I would like to make a request. As chairman of the House Armed Services committee, Commencement speaker Rep. Les Aspin PhD '66 is the one of the most influential Members of Congress on military matters. I encourageyou to bring Aspin's attention to MIT's concerns on the issue of military discrimination and once again voice MIT's support for the Military Freedom Act. I believe that such actions would do much to further equality in the military.
Once again, I thank you for your actions on this matterof fundamental civil rights. I'm sure that you join me in looking towards the day when this discriminatory ban is lifted.