Last Friday marked a signal day in the long march of gay Americans toward full equality before the law. In a 5-4 ruling, the United States Supreme Court held that no state in the union refusing to recognize same-sex marital unions could any longer deny the validity of such marriages consummated in other states deeming them lawful.
In many justice proceedings, both in the civilian world and in the military alike, whether or not an accused committed a certain act is not at issue.
Although today's blog post relates to a recent news-based story, the tale it pertains to can equally be seen as a convenient stepping stone to general topical information that might reasonably be of interest to many of our readers.
When levied as punishment for an infraction of some type committed by a military servicemember, an Article 15 applies to minor offenses. Those can generally be distinguished quite readily from more serious misconduct that is termed criminal in nature and, in the military, is typically dealt with in a court-martial proceeding.