Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A monthly reminder

This is just a reminder that Don't Ask, Don't Tell remains an awful, pointless, discriminatory, asinine policy.  Darren Manzella spent his last two years in the military being pretty darn open about his homosexuality.  Everyone in his unit knew.  No one cared.  For 15 months in Iraq, he spoke openly about his boyfriend, displayed photos of him, and talked on the phone with him.  Unit morale evidently didn't suffer.  Huh.  In a professional military, the military members in Manzella's unit acted like professionals.  In other words, there was absolutely no reason whatsoever to discharge this honorable, respected soldier who earned respect and promotions in his 6 years of service. 

I will never understand why anyone thinks homosexuality is immoral or evil or wrong.  (And, no, I do not accept Leviticus as an answer.)  I will never understand why anyone thinks they shouldn't have to be exposed to that "lifestyle."  I will never understand why anyone cares.  It's just so ridiculous.  I'm not going to give up arguing in favor of marriage equality and the abolition of don't ask, don't tell and the abolition of laws barring gay adoption until those arguments are won.  And they will be won.


Laci the Chinese Crested said...

Right on! What a Veteran's Day piece.

Jeff Gamso said...

Hey, there's movement. Salt Lake City, with the blessing of the Mormon Church, just prohibited employment and housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (Of course, the church still biterly opposes same sex marriage, but it's a step.)

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