Saturday, December 18, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed -- History Marches On

The Senate voted to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" punitive regulation against homosexual men and women serving in the military. With its passage one of the great barriers which still sanctioned legal discrimination has been eliminated. It's about time!!!

When one carefully considers the issues, all the possible harms thought to exist by allowing open homosexuals from serving are based of prejudicial stereotypes of homosexuals not the way they live their lives in public. Straight America tends to equate homosexuality with the bizarre lifestyles characterized as "gay" from San Francisco or the lower east side of Manhattan as typical gay life styles not the expression of the counter cultures that exist in those communities that have a lot more to deal with social rebellion than sexual preference.

Let's get something straight, there is no place for people making sexual advances toward their fellow servicemen or women or their fellow employees in the workplace whether it is heterosexual or not. Surely, there have been plenty of fights between servicemen over someone "stealing" another soldier's girl friend or other conflicts which arise over heterosexual relationships.

Equally most important, the vast homosexual majority is very discrete about their interpersonal relationships and that they are willing to take a bullet for their country speaks much louder about what their character is made of than anything else.

While it will see little fanfare, and surely the usual blowhards in talk radio and fire breathing fundamentalists will mark this as one step closer to our culture becoming the new Sodom and Gomorrah, it marks one more step toward eliminating the last sanctioned prejudice. This is the 21st century and the time has come.

It's time for the Republican Party to quietly come to terms with the new reality and embrace it  The next frontier is same sex marriage. The clock is ticking.

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