Gay rights activist Lieutenant Dan Choi is currently facing up to six months in prison as a result of handcuffing himself to the White House fence last year in a protest against ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ The law being used to prosecute Choi was last invoked in order to silence women suffragists who were petitioning for women’s voting rights.
In addition to the charges, Choi is facing $3,000 in fines to the Department of Defense, which collection agencies claim is due to make up for enlistment time that Choi did not serve after he was discharged from the military for disclosing his homosexuality. Choi’s veteran disability checks, which he uses to pay for treatment for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffers following his service in Iraq, have also been seized.
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