Posts tagged DADT
Posts tagged DADT
Bryan Eberly presented with rainbow flag as mark of service: ‘It took everything in my power not to burst into tears’
Ow. My feels.
The debate crowd boos a gay soldier, who is currently deployed in Iraq, for asking about the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal.
Santorum proceeded to lecture the soldier. According to TPM, Santorum sputtered:
I would say any type of sexual activity has no place in the military. The fact they are making a point to include it as a provision within the military that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege to and removing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell I think tries to inject social policy into the military. And the military’s job is to do one thing to defend our the military…
To sum up, Republicans love to claim our soldiers, except for the gay ones.
When Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were searching for a place to get married, they settled on a site in Vermont, in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.
That way, the two men were able to recite their vows before family and friends at the first possible moment after the formal repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Just after midnight Tuesday, the partners of 11 years were married.
"I think it was a beautiful ceremony. The emotions really hit me…but it’s finally official," Ross said early Tuesday.
Hours before the change was to take effect early Tuesday, the American military was also making final preparations for the historic policy shift. The Pentagon announced that it was already accepting applications from openly gay candidates, although officials said they would wait a day before reviewing them.
Ross, 33, and Dan Swezy, a 49-year-old civilian, traveled from their home in Tucson, Ariz., so they could get married in Vermont, the first state to allow gays to enter into civil unions and one of six that have legalized same-sex marriage.
Ross wore his dress uniform for the ceremony beginning at 11:45 p.m. Monday at Duxbury’s Moose Meadow Lodge, a log cabin bed-and-breakfast perched on a hillside about 15 miles northwest of Montpelier.
The lodge says it hosted the state’s first gay wedding in 2009.
Justice of the Peace Greg Trulson proclaimed the marriage at exactly midnight.
Congrats to the happy couple! And America, we still have a long way to go for full equality.
Kathy Griffin, recounting her question to Michele Bachmann after asking if she’d support a rally to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this past March in Washington D.C.
Check out the video of her discussing Bachmann’s reaction here.
A federal appeals court ordered a halt today to the armed forces’ discharge of openly gay service members, citing the Obama administration’s disavowal of laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco had intervened in November to allow the government to continue enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, despite a federal judge’s decision that the law was unconstitutional. Today, however, a three-judge panel of the court lifted the stay, saying, “The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed.”
The court noted that Congress has voted to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” as soon as President Obama and the Pentagon certify that the change will not interfere with military readiness or recruiting. The administration has said most troops should be trained for the new policy change by mid-summer, although it had told the court the law should probably stay in effect for the rest of the year.
The panel also cited Obama’s decision in February to withdraw support from another federal law denying benefits to married same-sex couples, and his newly announced view that laws discriminating against gays and lesbians should be declared unconstitutional unless they serve some compelling government need.
So effective today, the military must stop discharging service members under this policy - which was still happening. Unfortunately, the Obama administration is appealing, arguing the decision should be made by Congress. Not thrilled about that, but happy the courts intervened to at least stop people from being discharged under a policy that’s being phased out.
Submitted by i8luigi
I’ve seen this and it’s haunting.
This is a whole box of crazy right here…
Over the weekend, Cindy Jacobs of Generals International posted a new video prompted by the fact that, as a prophet, people have been asking her about the meaning behind the recent rash of bird deaths … to which she replied that it might be due to the fact that America is violating God’s prohibition on homosexuality with support for gay marriage and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Yeah, seriously. I think someone’s got a case of Pat Robertson envy.
So spot on, it hurts…
Tweet from Lt. Dan Choi after the passage of the DADT repeal. When he spoke at the University of Wyoming, he led us in the Equality Chant:
I am somebody!
I deserve full equality!
I am somebody!
We all deserve full equality, and the passage of this repeal was one more step.
"I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage," said the four-term incumbent before the vote, according to ABC News. “Today is a very sad day.”
Back in 2006, the longtime senator communicated a distinctly different view on the issue. “The day that the leadership of the military comes to me and says, ‘Senator, we ought to change the policy,’ then I think we ought to consider seriously changing it,” he said at the time.
What a dick. Seriously. You know what a sad day is? When you can’t get Congress to agree to help out the jobless and desperate with promised unemployment benefits without ridiculous, deficit-increasing “benefits” for the rich, thanks to the party which contains supposed conservatives. That’s a sad day.
The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal failed today. Sen. Lieberman is going to try to introduce a stand alone bill still, but we’ll see.
Let’s mock one of the repeal’s biggest detractors. He was for it before he was against it!
“Obviously, the vast majority of gays are loyal Americans — and witty and stylish to boot! But a small percentage of gays are going to be narcissistic hothouse flowers like Bradley Manning. Couldn’t they just work for JetBlue? America would be a lot safer right now if gays in an “awkward place” psychologically could do no more damage than grabbing a couple of beers and sliding down the emergency chute. Look at the disaster one gay created under our punishing “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. What else awaits America with the overturning of a policy that was probably put there for a reason (apart from being the only thing Bill Clinton ever did that I agreed with)?”
—The always adorable Ann Coulter, once again speaking out of turn [via]
This woman is a miserable caricature of a conservative. The whole column is enraging. What the hell is her point here?
The conservative news site The Daily Callerhas removed part of an article that suggested lesbians be allowed into the US military so that their male colleagues can “convert” them.
Critics say the article went as far as to suggest corrective rape for lesbians.
"Lesbians should be allowed to serve, gay men should not," declared Joe Rehyansky in an article published Monday. Rehyansky, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, is a part-time magistrate in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and a former assistant district attorney.
In the original article, Rehyansky concluded that his lesbians-only policy “would get the distaff part of our homosexual population off our collective ‘Broke Back,’ thus giving straight male GIs a fair shot at converting lesbians and bringing them into the mainstream.”
That alarmed some LGBT activists, who note that much of the article before that comment argued that men are rapists by nature. Rehyansky’s argument that gay men should continue to be banned from the military was based on this notion:
[S]houldn’t the overwhelmingly straight warriors who answer their county’s call be spared the indignity of showering with other men who achieve lascivious enjoyment from the sight of those lithe naked bodies, and who may be tempted to seek more than the view? They are, after all, guys.
In the early evolutionary years of the human species, Rehyansky argued, “It fell to men to swing through the trees and scour the caves in search of as many women as possible to subdue and impregnate — a tough job but someone had to do it.”
There are literally no words to express my anger here. This is just vile. I’ve heard this pseudo-intellectual evolutionary argument in many contexts, but this is the most disgusting. This man is the ultimate privilege denying dude, and unlike the meme, it’s not funny. At all.
Just moments ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the Obama Department of Justice’s request to issue a stay against Judge Virginia Phillips’ ruling that the Department of Defense (DOD) immediately cease all investigations and discharges related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a law Phillips’ court found unconstitutional one month ago.
Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly is the first to report, “[a] three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a temporary stay of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips’s order halting all enforcement of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.” In other words, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is in a sense back in effect.
The court wrote, “[t]he order is stayed temporarily in order to provide this court with an opportunity to consider fully the issues presented.”