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Friday, October 22, 2010

A Kinder, Gentler - and Still Unconstitutional - DADT

Posted By on Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM


The developments in the ongoing saga that is Don't Ask Don't Tell - the

ban on gays in the military - occurred faster than the depletion of Meg

Whitman's bank balance this week.

On Monday, Judge Virginia Philips heard from both sides on her decision from a week ago that DADT was unconstitutional and she said she's probably not going to stay her decision.

On Tuesday, she made it official - DADT was to be stopped from being enforced.

Not taking NO for an answer, Obama's Department of Justice went over Phillips' head to the district court on Wednesday to get permission to continue experiencing the pleasure of firing LGBT personnel. The stay on Phillips decision was granted. DADT survives.

On Thursday, Dan Choi told CNN, "I am resentful. I am not going to vote for Barack Obama after what he did." He also said "This ain't my first time at the rodeo."

Choi appeared on CNN two days after dramatically re-enlisting to the Army at a recruiting station in Times Square - not a subtle choice. He then went to a revival of Annie Get Your Gun (in my narrative he did anyway). Later on Thursday, Valerie Jarrett, a spokesperson for the Obama administration, responded to Choi's remarks and she misquotes the President. 

Obama never said that he thinks DADT is unconstitutional at the MTV Town Hall meeting but Jarrett has shown recently that she will say anything even if she has to apologize for it later.

Also this week, the Pentagon announced that it will make it more difficult to discharge LGBT personnel by establishing more requirements to approve a discharge. So they'll still fire the fags but now the military will have to do more paperwork. Wow -- now THAT'S a concession! Don't ask, don't tell, and don't make us do more paperwork!

The Pentagon is also looking into other ways that DADT might be repealed. What other ways? They aren't saying. Will they perform an exorcism? Are they going to burn some sage? Maybe they will ask Clarence Thomas' wife to call DADT and ask it to apologize.

A website was established to track the enormous consequences that occurred while DADT was briefly lifted. Incredibly no consequences were reported.  Well, one guy fingered himself during a hot shower, but he had an itch down there. Doesn't count.

Other interesting developments amidst all the courtroom drama include some rather staunch support from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Tuesday afternoon, Clinton released her video contribution to Dan Savage's It Gets Better project to help stop the spread of LGBT teen suicides.

Then on Wednesday, so-called Spirit Day, when Americans were encouraged to wear the color purple to show support for LGBT youth, Clinton was photographed in a Joker-esque purple suit during a national security meeting. She is a smart woman and she knows her audience.

Hillary in 2012! Oops...I mean 2016, right?

Late on Thursday, President Obama released his video contribution to the It Gets Better project, which is both well done and riddled with irony.  Does he even hear what he says? From one side of his mouth he voices a desperate desire to enforce DADT while from the other side he delivers a passionate call for an end to bullying. Apparently he finds no conflict in saying to young people "you didn't do anything to deserve being bullied" while his Department of Justice works overtime to retain the right to fire (aka: bully) LGBT military personnel. 

As campaign season comes to a painful end, the National Organization for Marriage, a group of supremacists with lots of time on their hands, a love of greasy food, and undying resentment toward gay people, has been stepping up their attacks on LGBTs to help drive scared and stupid heteros to the polls in November.

NOM is in Minnesota using Martin Luther King, Jr in an ad supporting the right of citizens to vote to pass an amendment against gay marriage. Dr. Rev MLK Jr would be so proud!

NOM is in Iowa. They launched a bus tour in the state to help voters punish three state Supreme Court justices up for retention vote. The justices were part of a unanimous decision that extended marriage to same-sex couples. Forget the separation of powers...we need bigotry!

NOM is in New York. The group is suing the state of New York to be protected from having to release their donor information which is a requirement of the state. NOM wants to run ads in support of Carl Paladino, a Buffalo gazillionaire running for governor in NY that that is trailing miserably in the polls and doesn't stand a chance of winning. I say let them spend money. Please donate to that loser's campaign, NOM.

NOM is in California. Carly Fiorina has taken over $200,000 in contributions from NOM. The Courage Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign have joined forces in asking Fiornia to condemn the virulent anti-gay record of NOM. Whose agenda do you support on this issue, Carly? Is the money too good to pass up?

Where does NOM get the money to run campaigns in so many states? Something stinks...

A truly awful stench wafted through the Castro neighborhood on Thursday and I want everyone to know that I am not responsible for it.  When I cut the cheese, I always pass the crackers.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag that denies it AND supplies it.

Follow him on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF   

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