November 17, 2010 • 8:57 am
Let gays serve openly in the military?
75% of Americans think so.
Yet John McCain disagrees. His bigoted stance against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell does nothing but reveal his age. Instead of embracing the public and military’s welcoming attitude, McCain continues to rail against gays in the military. His opinions are antiquated, out of sync with most Americans, contrary to the Pentagon’s findings, and, quite simply, wrong. The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capeheart deconstructs McCain’s wrong-headedness in the video above.
I’m almost embarrassed for McCain. His attitude is less disagreeable to me than an example of an older generation’s xenophobia and crotchetiness.
Filed under: gay rights, government, military, politics, cindy mccain, dadt, don't ask don't tell, gay, gay rights, john mccain, jonathan capeheart, military
November 1, 2010 • 12:52 pm
Wait: You’re in the army and you’re gay?
Lance Corporal James Wharton gives a rather unextraordinary account of serving openly in the British Army for the “It Gets Better” project. Wharton celebrated his civil partnership in his regiment’s barracks and served in Iraq for seven months in 2007. He was even featured on the cover of the British Army’s magazine.
Perhaps U.S. armed forces could take a note from our allies abroad?
Filed under: gay rights, government, military, world, army, british, dadt, gay, james wharton, military, soldier, uk
October 20, 2010 • 10:32 am
The last thing I want to do in this blog is give space and publicity to crazies. Christine O’Donnell is no exception.
Let’s just consider this video for its entertainment value (and the irony that O’Donnell’s Tea Party is so adamant about its adherence to the Constitution).
The Senate candidate’s ignorance of the separation of church and state begins about 2:40, but it’s worth a look-see to hear her thoughts on religious education in public schools in its entirety:
Come on: Separation of church and state? Why would an understanding of this founding principle be important for a civil servant?
Filed under: government, politics, christine o'donnell, church and state, crazy, tea party
October 19, 2010 • 7:35 am
Judge Virginia Phillips will let stand her federal injunction to immediately stop the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Despite the Obama administration’s request to continue enforcing the discriminatory policy, Phillips remains unmoved.
Good news for DADT activists (though not all gay rights advocates), a fine mess for the President (see how Rachel Maddow attempts to clarify the situation). Obama has slowly been losing traction with his LGBT base; little has been done to repeal DOMA or DADT on the White House front, though an executive order from the President would have rolled back one or both policies.
How did the Obama administration find itself defending a policy that it doesn’t support? According to Politico:
“It’s crazy that all this is happening 2½ weeks before a national election,” said Richard Socarides, an adviser to Clinton on gay issues during the ’93 fiasco. “The timing could not be worse for them, but it was fairly predictable that their strategy of postponing and delaying getting into this stuff was, at some point, going to come back to haunt them.”
Obama’s current predicament is a result of a collision between a go-slow White House strategy that deferred to Pentagon and military leaders on the pace of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the progress of a stuttering federal lawsuit that a small group of gay Republicans filed more than six years ago.
Among the Department of Justice’s evidence explaining the necessity for more time, DOJ presented an article from Rolling Stone, saying an injunction against DADT would hurt military readiness.
The judge balked.
Filed under: gay rights, government, homophobia, military, obama, politics, california, dadt, doma, don't ask don't tell, gay, military, rights, virginia phillips