Saturday, July 23, 2011

How about some good news?

If you turn on your computer, your twitter, your facebook, your television news, or listen to a daily news podcast, you cannot help but be inundated by the news of a gone-too-soon singer, the tragedy in Norway, the debt ceiling, various wars throughout the world, and a world that seems to be quickly devolving into the post-apocalyptic mess only dreamed up in Hollywood zombie movies.

Also, there are run-on sentences.

So, how about some good news?

President Obama officially repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell!

That's right, Rioters! The law on the books that required the removal of gay and lesbian service members should their sexual orientation come to light is dead in the water. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, said that repeal of this law is consistent with military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention. In other words, letting gay folks serve openly won't affect a damn thing, except we'll stop firing people.

Panetta further said:

“They put their lives on the line for America and that’s what really counts,” he said. “Thanks to the professionalism and leadership of the U.S. military, we are closer to achieving the goal that is at the foundation of America – equality and dignity for all.”

Now, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) from 1996 still prohibits same-sex service members from extending benefits to their partners, but there has been a bit of news made on that in the last week as well. President Obama has said that he will support the Respect for Marriage Act and he desires repeal of DOMA, much to the chagrin of many Republican leaders (including Speaker of the House John Boehner) and religious groups.

Personally, I found one of the greatest moments of the DOMA hearings was by Senator Al Franken. I invite you to enjoy the following video:




All in all, I'm hoping this brought a smile to your face. I know there's a lot of tragedy going on around the globe right now, but here's a bright, rainbow colored light that's shining a bit brighter in the US today.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

5 comments:

  1. Seeing that on the front page today was just as welcome as A/C was yesterday! What a relief! I think we were all in dire need of some good news. (Also, if he weren't such an awesome politician, Sen. Franken really really should be a science teacher. He'd be so kickass.)

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  2. Hell. Yes. Not only is this good news all around, I have personal reasons for being mondo-excited. Hail!

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  3. That is good news! It's excellent news!!! And that video clip is just awesome. :)

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  4. I don't know what to write--I've wanted the US to kick DADT to the curb ever since I heard about it, but I have to admit that this is a bit of a shock, and I feel like it isn't real. Oh, well--give me a day or two. YAY FOR THE USA! Next stop: making gay marriage legal coast-to-coast à la Canada in '05.

    Love all from Canada!

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  5. I'm so glad to hear this! I have been very concerned about my little brother who leaves in three days for Basic and what could happen if they military finds out he is gay. While it is going to take time to change the hearts and minds of the people serving in the armed forces I think that the repeal of DADT goes a long ways towards acceptance. I have never understood why people believe that if you are homosexual that you can't also serve your country. That as they say in the military is FUBAR. One of my favorite movie lines has always been Nathan Lane in The Birdcage, "You know, I used to feel that way too until I found out that Alexander the Great was a fag. Talk about gays in the military!"

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