Marines Post Violent Threat Against Gays On Facebook: “Coming To A Gay Bar Near You”

Two active-duty Marines at Camp Pendleton are under investigation by the Marine Corps in connection to a social media post purportedly threatening to attack gay bars following Sunday’s horrific massacre at an Orlando gay night club.

The California-based I Marine Expeditionary Force launched a command investigation after a photo was shared on social media showing a corporal in uniform holding a rifle with his finger near the trigger with the words “Coming to a gay bar near you!” appearing at the bottom of the photo, reports the Military Corps Times.

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The photo was shared on a closed Facebook group for male Marines with more than 25,000 members, with the caption “Too soon?”

Marine Corps Times First Lt. Thomas Gray, a spokesman for I MEF, confirms that the command has identified the Marine in the picture and the one who posted it on Facebook.

“We cannot discuss details of an ongoing investigation, but I can tell you the command is taking this incident seriously,” Gray said.

Marine officials have vowed to take “appropriate action” in response to the social media post.

“The Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion,” the statement says. “…This type of behavior and mindset will not be allowed, and it is not consistent with the core values of honor, courage and commitment that are demonstrated by the vast majority of Marines on a daily basis.”

Military Corps Times reports:

Michael Moss, the founder of the Camp MENdleton resale Facebook group, said on Facebook that the post was deleted as soon as it was reported, and the person was banned from the group immediately.

“We do not tolerate hate speech,” he said. Moss was not immediately available for comment.

The incident coincides with a separate investigation by the FBI and San Diego police into an anonymous threat posted Tuesday on the men-seeking-men section of the Craigslist San Diego personal ads, according to local television station KGTV.

“Orlando was long overdue,” the post stated, according to ABC affiliate. “…San Diego you are next.”

So far, there are no indications that the Marines’ social media post and the Craigslist threat are linked, but both investigations are ongoing, Gray said.

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