Thursday, May 27, 2010

So Happy I Could DADT!

May 27th - The headline on USA Today (and every other major newswire):

Congress advances repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

That's right, Rioters! The House of Representatives voted (234-194) to repeal the 17-year-old law that has been the cause of around 14,000 ready and willing soldiers losing their jobs. Also today the Senate Armed Services Committee voted (16-12) to approve the same bill that would effectively repeal DADT. This means that the defense bill, which the repeal of DADT is tied to, will go to the floor of the full Senate this summer. 

While most Democrats - including the President - are supportive of the measure, some Dems and most Republicans are against it. They believe that it will be "devastating to war fighters and the combat infantrymen," as Rep. John Shimkus (Rep. - IL) said. 

A few of you Rioters have already told me the same thing: we shouldn't allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military, because it might upset some infantrymen. Sorry, folks, but if you can shoot and run and do the pushups and knock down doors and all-around get the job done, then you should be able to be a soldier. Though, admittedly, I cannot say I'm not biased, what with my being infected with The Gay and all.

I hope today marks the beginning of the swift end of Don't Ask Don't Tell. I also hope that there will be some sort of retroactive reparations made to the thousands of soldiers fired due to their respective bed buddies. 1 out of 2 won't be bad.

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Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

4 comments:

  1. It sounds to me like people oppose this because its different because I can think of no other reason for saying people shouldn't be openly gay just like people are...openly straight.

    As soon as it becomes commonplace to know a colleague might be gay and see them work just as hard then this apprehension might dissolve.

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  2. I am strongly in favor of allowing anyone who wants to serve the opportunity to serve, but a friend of mine made this point that should be kept in mind: "u do know that once this is repealed there is no time limit to when the armed forces can openly allow gays in the military, right? Once this is repealed they can do the opposite and start court martials again. This could be good news or VERY bad news. It may not be a step forward, but a giant LEAP back. I'm not holding my breath for good news. I'll only celebrate when they OPENLY allow glbt folks to serve"

    So tread carefully for now.

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  3. PS: I then consulted with some veteran friends of mine, and they said yes - that as long as some provision to *protect* gay service people is put in place, the total repeal of DADT will just put things back to where they were pre-Clinton, and yes, the court marshals could start again. So there needs to be something ready to put in its place if it's not going to be just a return to the old status quo.

    Thought y'all should know.

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  4. I live in a country where gays have been able to serve openly for years, and it hasn't affected our military one iota. We are also a nation that allows gay marriage among other gay friendly things and it hasn't affected our country one bit.
    Yes that is right I live in Canada, I say that all countries should follow our lead, and make the world a better place.

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