US Military JAG Corps Lesbian, Muslim Lawyers Make News
In an official article, the US Navy announced that Navy LT Jennifer Johnson was awarded status as one of the “best LGBT lawyers under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association:
The association established the award to recognize legal professionals under the age of 40 who distinguished themselves in their field and advocated LGBT equality.
A previous release from the Navy (and the award website) indicates Navy LT Paul Wagoner was similarly recognized. Fortunately, there does not appear to be an organization that only recognizes lawyers who have heterosexual sex, nor does the Navy appear to highlight such JAGs.
Johnson’s public recognition by the US military is supremely ironic, given she is deployed to a country in which she could be imprisoned for being homosexual, and she was born and raised in one that would have put her to death.
At the same time, Maysaa Ouza recently graduated from the University of Toledo with a law degree and indicated she had been selected to be an Air Force JAG.
This was newsworthy because Ouza is a Muslim, and she wears a hijab:
Even before she received her UT juris doctor May 6, Maysaa Ouza had made legal history. Just before graduation, she was selected as a new U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps attorney — the first Muslim hijabi selected for this role.
None of Ouza’s announcements indicate she applied for and was granted an accommodation to wear her hijab, but after this much ‘positive press’ it seems unlikely the application would not be granted. Still, the omission is curious, which makes one wonder if she might have gotten a step ahead of herself. (The Army’s permanent waiver for hijabs doesn’t apply, as Ouza is commissioning in the Air Force.)
The combination of the two young ladies’ stories is an interesting display of “diversity” within the JAG Corps, particularly given the spectrum represented by their particular recognized traits.
Seen any articles about Christian JAG officers? There is at least one, though he wasn’t highlighted as a lawyer due to his faith, and his credentials were a little more subtle.
With reference to the Religion Clause.