Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In the news: Headway in repealing 'Don't ask, Don't Tell'

Sometimes I feel we dwell too often on the fact that everybody hates gay people, and don't shed light on the fact that not everybody actually hates gay people, because they like themselves, so are willing to like others as well. even if they're different (they might actually like them more because of this). For those thinking recent events are a signal of a dismal future (socially we mean, economically this is for sher), the AP tries to subdue your pot-heightened paranoia with some collection of facts, strung together in a kind of inormo-narrative, also known as a news article:

More than 100 retired generals and admirals called Monday for repeal of the
military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays so they can serve openly,
according to a statement obtained by The Associated Press.
The move by the military veterans confronts the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama with a thorny political and cultural issue that dogged former President Bill Clinton early in his administration.

"As is the case with Great Britain, Israel, and other nations that
allow gays and lesbians to serve openly, our service members are professionals
who are able to work together effectively despite differences in race, gender,
religion, and sexuality," the officers wrote.

While Obama has expressed support for repeal, he said during the
presidential campaign that he would not do so on his own — an indication that he
would tread carefully to prevent the issue from becoming a drag on his agenda.
Obama said he would instead work with military leaders to build consensus on
removing the ban on openly gay service members.

"Although I have consistently said I would repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,' I believe that the way to do it is make sure that we are working through a process, getting the Joint Chiefs of Staff clear in terms of what our priorities are going to be," Obama said in a
September interview with the Philadelphia Gay News. [ap]


C'est la vie? And, also big ups to Isreal!

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