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Military Court Rules Marine Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons Can Wear Uniform in Gay Porno

A U.S. military court has ruled that a gay Marine did not misuse his uniform by wearing parts of it during the production of a pornographic movie.

According to McClatchy Newspapers, Sergeant Matthew W. Simmons, a baritone horn player in the Marine Corps Band, moonlights as a porn star. Gawker reports that Sgt. Simmons, who goes by the porn name Christian Jade, has appeared on gay XXX sites such as Active Duty, College Dudes and Corbin Fisher. The trouble began after Simmons wore part of his uniform during a shoot and mentioned that he was a U.S. Marine in footage included in the extra features. According to the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals:

“(Simmons) was an active-duty bandsman. He took leave to appear in several commercial pornographic videos that involved sodomy with numerous other men, by his own account being paid $10,000.00 for his performances. Some of the videos included shots of him wearing his Marine dress blue coat with the Marine Corps device, decorations, and rank insignia affixed; others showed him wearing a Marine physical training jacket; and at one point he mentioned that he was a Marine. Out-takes from the videos were used to advertise the videos on a website, and one of those out-takes showed the (him) wearing the blue coat.”

Sgt. Simmons was charged, and pleaded guilty to, uniform regulation violations, including violating a ban on using the uniform for commercial purposes.

But the Court has now dismissed part of Simmons’ guilty-plea convictions, ruling that wearing only part of the uniform does not constitute misuse and that his actions did not intend to portray that the Marine Corps endorsed his X-rated pursuits:

“We are also not satisfied, on the basis of this record, that the appellant’s statements or wear of uniform items may create an inference of service endorsement of the activities depicted. The appellant never wore a complete ‘uniform,’ so the general public could never receive ‘visual evidence of the authority and responsibility vested in the individual by the United States Government.’ He did not voice any Marine support for what he was doing or any service views on the propriety or impropriety of his conduct.”

Simmons’ victory means it is unlikely he will face any punitive discharge. The court’s ruling, coming hot on the heels of the official repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ is sure to raise eyebrows throughout the armed forces. Some will surely see it as further evidence of how damaged the moral fiber of our nation has become. But here at Moral Low Ground, we call it progress!

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2 Comments

  1. AnnMarch 3, 2012 at 1:39 amReply

    Jesus Christ, this stunt he pulled is NOT progress.

    I’m sadly not surprised it’s a guy in the band! It’s bad enough we see actors incompetently wearing uniforms while making ineptly dualistic tropes of actual veterans. I don’t have anything against wearing uniforms in movies, but it should never be used as for your own gains. It’s not a prop, it’s not a sex toy, and as a Sergeant he goddamn well knows better. Wearing a uniform in a porn flick (or like the officer who posed in Playboy) is essentially co-opting it for your own profit and advancement.

    I’m a gay female Marine veteran, and all this does it make it even harder for LGBT servicemembers to escape these stereotypes. If I ran across him I’d probably break his nose. Maybe then he’d learn that instead of making porn he should do what every other Marine is doing: deploying, preparing to deploy, and supporting the overall mission. Wearing the uniform is a privilege, and isn’t something to go whore out for your own narcissism.

    • Brett WilkinsMarch 3, 2012 at 8:12 amReplyAuthor

      You’re a Marine so I respect your opinion. I suppose there’s some sort of uniform-worship going on in the Corps, or to say it more respectfully, Marines probably revere their uniforms. But if one is to be perfectly objective, and I am giving you the benefit of the doubt that you are capable of that, one must admit that it’s just an outfit, some pieces of clothing assigned a symbolic value. When we as a civilization start getting riled up about how people wear pieces of clothing, it says a lot about our values. Then again, conservatives would argue that when we start thinking like me, no wonder society’s going to hell. We all need to lighten up a bit!

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