This story is chillingly reminiscent of the Dred Scott case of 1857. Both are complicated by federalist issues of jurisdiction. Slavery was by that time increasingly reviled in the northern states, but studiously ignored as an issue by the Buchanan administration. Today, gay people are daily becoming more visible and respected, while Congress is still stuck in the paddywagon era (one only has to see the Eric Massa scandal unfolding to realize this).
I can only hope that Sergeant Newsome finds justice (though I am pretty sure it won't be coming from the Roberts Supreme Court). I pray for her.