A fraternization charge coming at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois is raising questions about military policy impacting lesbian and gay service members.
Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Russell is facing a charge of fraternization for her relationship and subsequent civil union to a woman of a lower rank in her command.
Russell's lawyer insists that she is being unfairly targeted because she is a lesbian and because her partner reported a sexual harassment complaint.
Navy policy prohibits relationships between service members of differing ranks in the same command.
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