Aircraft Carrier Commander Relieved of Duty After Airing Explicit Videos

Captain Owen Honors was relieved of duty Tuesday as commander of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise after sexually charged videos taken aboard the ship surfaced on the internet.  The videos were shot during 2006 and 2007 deployments.  The videos depicted simulated masturbation, suggestive shower scenes with multiple women and gay slurs.  In one seen Captain Honors appears in a towel and shower cap outside the stall where two men are seen washing each other. In another, titled “Chicks in the Shower,” two women are seen washing each other.  Although no nudity is shown, it is suggested that they are naked.  Full article.  Captain Honors has been moved to a desk job, and the Navy has stated this move is permanent because of a loss of confidence in his ability to lead.

The video contains a number of gay slurs and negative homosexual comments.  Although Obama recently signed a law that repeals the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, it does not, in effect, end all discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  Unfortunately, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  However many Gay and Lesbian Organizations are hopeful that the discrimination based on sexual orientation will be prohibited in all work places in light of Obama’s recent repeal of the Military’s policy.  To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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