Marines under investigation for alleged gay bar threat
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Two active-duty Marines are under investigation after a Facebook post threatening violence against gay bars, according to Friday reports.

The photo that led to the probe shows a uniformed corporal aiming a rifle with his finger near the weapon’s trigger.


“Coming to a gay bar near you!” the image’s caption reads.

USA Today on Friday reported the picture recently appeared on Camp MENdleton resale, a closed Facebook group for male Marines boasting more than 25,000 members. The person who allegedly posted the photo, the newspaper added, also wrote “too soon?” after the image’s publishing.

The incident follows last Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.

The California-based I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) has reportedly launched a command investigation over the image.

First Lt. Thomas Gray, a spokesman for I MEF, on Friday said 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,” he said.

“The Marine Corps does not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender or religion,” I MEF said in a statement, adding officials will take “appropriate action” over the incident.

“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.”

Michael Moss, who founded the Camp MENdleton group, said on Facebook the group deleted the post as soon as it was reported.

“We do not tolerate hate speech,” he said, adding the person involved was banned from the group immediately.

Last Sunday’s massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, occurred during Pride Month, adding to speculation the attack was inspired by anti-LGBT sentiment.

Gunman Omar Mateen, 29, died amid a shootout with responding police. He reportedly praised the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, among other terrorist groups, during the rampage.