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December 19th, 2010
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Don't Ask Don't Tell
I'm not a big military booster, but I'm very glad that DADT was repealed. I feel like it's important that all options be available and having our own government blatantly discriminating against gay men and lesbians is unconscionable. Of course the government still discriminates in many, many ways (DOMA, anyone?) but this is a step in the right direction.

And my favorite comment on the whole DADT controversy:

"The Marine Corps’ top general suggested allowing gay soldiers on the battlefield would pose a distraction. Especially the really hot ones." –Conan O'Brien

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From:stirsmn
Date:December 20th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
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My favorite is still Ian's. He asked a while back what DADT was, and so I explained it. He looked and me incredulously and said "Really? GROWN-UPS thought of that?"
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From:marag
Date:December 20th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
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::snerk:: That reminds me of the look my daughter gave me when I was trying to explain that people opposed gay marriage. She didn't say anything, but the look was that one kids give you when you're saying something particularly moronic and adult.
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From:mofic
Date:December 21st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, our guy Barak says his views our evolving on the issue, so maybe there's hope for adults yet!
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From:chyldofeternity
Date:December 20th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
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I'm really glad it was repealed in the US too!! We haven't had any problems with gay soldiers in Canada and they've been openly serving for ages. Sure there's the usual interpersonal disciplinary issues but you have that in just about any workplace. THat's why we have harassment prevention policies!!

I heard the best comment out of this today though. My friend works at a coffee shop between sub-teaching jobs and this guy came in today and was all like "did you hear that gays can serve in the military now?" and she was like "What? you thought they weren't there before?" And it shut him right up!
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From:mofic
Date:December 21st, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I think gay soldiers are a lot more likely to be harrassed than to do the harrassing! And I don't think at all that repealing DADT is the end to discrimination, but government sponsored discrimination is the worst.
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From:chyldofeternity
Date:December 21st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh it by far won't end any harassment and prejudice, just like allowing african americans to serve didn't end any intolerance towards them. However it is a step in the right direction.

Homosexuals had no recourse before if they were harassed or discriminated against in the military. At least with the abolishment of that archaic law they may have some protection and recourse should they ever need it.

Of course my hope is for a world where we don't ever need such protection anyways.
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From:aurienne
Date:December 20th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Sucks that any who are in the process of being dismissed due to DADT are STILL being dismissed, instead of halting those outprocessings.
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From:mofic
Date:December 21st, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
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I know. I don't get that.
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