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May 23rd, 2008
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The Importance of Being Out

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From:executrix
Date:May 23rd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
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There could be two directions of responses, though. Best-case is people thinking, "Gee, my child/sibling/friend/co-worker/pastor is a pretty decent person, so if ze is gay, then maybe being gay isn't so bad." Worst-case is "I guess I was wrong about this person, if ze is gay, then I should never have loved, cared about, relied on this person."

On the good-news front, though, Witt v. Dept of the Air Force, 08 CDOS 6117 (9th Cir. 2008), the first post-Lawrence review of a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" case says that in order to uphold the discharge of Air Force Major Margaret Witt, it will have to prove not only that discharging her under DADT (she lived off-base with a civilian partner) significantly furthers the government's interest in maintaining unit discipline, but there were no less intrusive alternatives available. The Ninth Circuit pointed out that the discharge was a lot more disruptive than her having a female partner. The Ninth Circuit stopped short of treating sexual orientation as entitled to the same protection from discrimination as sex, race, or religion, but refused to rubber-stamp DADT. The case was remanded for more fact-finding.
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From:mofic
Date:May 23rd, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
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There could be two directions of responses, though. Best-case is people thinking, "Gee, my child/sibling/friend/co-worker/pastor is a pretty decent person, so if ze is gay, then maybe being gay isn't so bad." Worst-case is "I guess I was wrong about this person, if ze is gay, then I should never have loved, cared about, relied on this person."

Absolutely. And I've certainly been subject to the latter. But my point is that, consistently over a period of at least 50 years, polls show that more people go the best-case way.
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