Openly Gay Military Unit Created by the Pentagon-Fiction! & Satire!


Summary of eRumor:

A forwarded email that appears to be a press release that says that the Pentagon has created an openly gay military unit in response to President Obama’s directive to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.¬† The press release says that the Pentagon plans to call the unit “The 69th Fighting¬† Sodomites” and include changes to uniforms and dorm equipment.


The Truth:

The Pentagon has issued no such press release and this is an article found on the satirical Scooters Report web site.

President Obama called for the end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the U.S. Military in his January 28, 2010 State of the Union address.

updated 02/08/10

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Details Of Obama Openly Gay Military Released

WASHINGTON (SR) – President Barack Obama has directed the Pentagon to replace the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy with one that will allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military.

According to sources inside the Pentagon, changes to be implemented include adding choreography to marching regimens, equipping all dorms with double-wide bunks, new fitted uniforms in seasonal color palettes, the installation of hot tubs, and more.

In a potentially controversial move, the Pentagon will announce the formation of a new all-gay, all male company tentatively named “69th Fighting Sodomites.”

Sources credit the creation of the 69th to House member Barney Frank, who has reportedly been working “very, very closely” with gay Pentagon officials.