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Navy veteran discharged over her sexual orientation 33 years ago can't clear her record


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Elaine Rodriguez was 23 years old when Navy investigators first confronted her about her sexuality in 1990. She handled it the only way she knew how, by denying it. 

Rodriguez wasn't yet out to her friends and family, much less the military. Back then gay and lesbian military personnel couldn't serve and a mere rumor could spark what was commonly referred to as a "witch hunt." In Rodriguez's case, that's exactly what followed.. 

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