I'm not in the military. However, I'm defended by it. I pay taxes to support it. I really love the military, our soldiers, and the service they provide our nation. I am utterly confused, then, as to how in 2010 we still are hunting for gay soldiers in the military.
Thousands of men and women have been kicked out of the military (around 13,000) due to this ridiculous policy. Bottom line: if a person - despite their gender, race, age, color, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or identity - wants to sign up to defend the country they live in, they should be allowed to do so. Period.
Time after time we've heard politicians claim they'll be the one to lead the fight against DADT. However, it's been upheld 5 times before the Supreme Court, and they further ruled that college campuses must be forced to allow military recruiters on the premises despite their views of discrimination, which many colleges are against. Funny thing about all this is that around %75 of all Americans (including 66% of CONSERVATIVES!!!) have no problem whatsoever with gays serving in the military, so sayeth a 2008 poll.
So, last night, when President Obama said that this year would be the year he ends Don't Ask Don't Tell, I think I might be the only gay guy to be highly underwhelmed. In my email inbox this morning was an urgent message from the HRC telling me to get out the word and the vote and all the other stuff in order to get this thing gone. But, this same guy ran partly on the platform that he would end Don't Ask Don't Tell with the flick of a pen and allow gays the same civil rights as straight people - whether that will be called marriage, though, is still up in the air.
It's been over a year since we elected the guy, and there hasn't been a swish of a pen. I don't get it. So, will this be the year where we get some headway in equal rights? He did sign into law the Matthew Shepard act. If any President was going to do this, it would be him. However, if we're still wondering when the guy will get on civil liberties in 2011, I'm sorry, but I'll be looking for a new body to fill the seat.
Oh, Mrs. Clinton? Still feel like being President?
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Love and Lyte,