August 14, 1996 in Nation/World

Judge: Charge Doesn’t Violate Gay Policy

Associated Press

A sodomy charge against an Air Force major accused of having a lesbian affair does not violate the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality, a judge ruled Tuesday.

“There has not been a violation of the Air Force’s policy,” the military judge, Lt. Col. Mary M. Boone, said in rejecting defense requests that the charge be dismissed.

The ruling means Maj. Debra L. Meeks’ court-martial on charges of violating the military’s prohibition against “unnatural copulation” will go forward.

Meeks, 41, is accused of having sex with Pamela Dillard, a woman who also accused Meeks of threatening her with a gun.

Meeks denies the allegations and has never disclosed her sexual orientation.

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