Whew, I was worried they might repeal DATA without sending out a survey first; Because a survey is a proper way to measure/gauge discrimination. Heaven forbid we ever repeal a blatenly discriminatory policy without first getting imput from everyone. Should we take some guesses as to how long it will take for the Pentagon to get the replys back and then compile the responses before they come to the conclusion that it is still a bad policy that should be overturned. Lawrence Korb hit the nail on the head.
Posts Tagged ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’
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Posted in blog, DADT, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25, tagged blog, DATA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay rights, homosexual, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25 on October 9, 2009| Leave a Comment »
I just read these two article that I think you may be interested in if you enjoy a good discussion of politcs and gay policy.
This article discusses hospital rights for gay and lesbian couples…it is heart wrenching 😦
The second is about DATA (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) and how the policy not only affects all gay and lesbian soliders but also women more so then men. Very interesting.
Posted in Bill, blog, co-sponsor, DADT, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, NY Times, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25, tagged Bill, blog, co-sponsor, DATA, Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, Don't Ask Don't Tell, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, Erie, Erie PA, Gay, gay marriage, gay rights, homosexual, NY Times, Presque Isle Files, Sammy25 on October 8, 2009| Leave a Comment »
So I am back from my meeting with our Congress person’s aide and the meeting thankfully went pretty well. I suspect we wouldn’t have to many issues considering the Congress person has already co-sponsered several bills to help with gay rights. The aide mentioned that we were a very well prepared group compared to others…which in my opinion is always something good to hear!
One of the most nerve wracking parts was waiting to do my presentionon ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act). The reason for the nerves is that the Bill already has 181-184 co-sponsers which is tremendous! Basically the more co-sponsors the better the chance the bill will be voted for and pass then move into the Senate or any committee that it may have to pass. So it was important to get our congress person’s John Hancock on the co-sponsorship list….it is basically their guarantee on voting yes on the Bill. Currently, in PA, there are 9 Reps. who haven’t signed the Bill (the most in the country!) It was up to a good presention to sale the Bill to our Congressperson and it was super important because the Bill has a ton of support already and the more support the better. Plus employment non-discrimination is important to all of us who have job and can be fired with no legal defense against discrimination.
So we will see what happens in the next few weeks and see if we got the co-sponsorship we need. Keep your fingers crossed! I suspect you are now wonder what 1,135 stands for. Recently, I found out that our married heterosexual counter parts have 1,135 more rights than gay couples do when their marriage is accepted by the government. Something we gay men and women do not have federally. I find it really interesting.
If you want to read a decent article regarding money discrepencies between heteresexual and homosexual couples here is a link to a recent NY Times article. It is a good read.
Overall, I’m glad the day is coming to a close and now can get a decent night of sleep! 🙂
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I’ve been gone for the past couple of days and while I was away it seems as if the gay world and politics have collided and not in a good way. While I might be a little late to the game but it seems as if DOJ is upholding DOMA and not giving good reasons why they may hold such an archaic law in place.
This folks is what I was talking about in my posts around election time. Over and over the gay community is courted for their votes by politicians with promises of equality and fairness when all the politicians are suffering from are delusions of political grandeur. Where does that leave the gay community? It leaves us again smarting from a wasted vote. Perhaps; but what is more troubling is the fact that the minute these politicians say something pro-gay our community goes racing to put said person on a pedestal. Is it idol worship? To some extent yes and frankly it burns us a lot. We are so quick to canonize those that “seem” to be pro-LGBT we don’t take a moment to step back and say what happens if…? For example, “What happens/or what does it mean if our President stands during a national debate and says he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman?” Or, “What happens if a hypocritical piece of legislation is passed and our President or Congress doesn’t say anything?” Or, “What happens if those politicians we voted for deem it the States job to define marriage 50 times though-out the nation?” Better yet, “What happens or what do we do, as a gay community, considering a week after DOJ/Obama Administration issues a statement upholding DOMA (which the Obama Admin said would be repealed), when the same Administration wants to invite us to a DNC LGBT Leadership Council Dinner/fundraiser?”
Yes you heard right, a week after Obama’s Administration is to gutless to stand up for the gay community and hides behind a weak DOJ brief regarding the ruling on Prop 8 they want us to donate our hard earned cash for a LGBT dinner. FUCK THAT!
We as a gay community need to boycott this dinner/fundraiser thing. We need to hold our political figures whom woo us for our votes to a higher standard and make them deliver on their promises. Or at least stop them from speaking out against us on rulings. I mean if member s of Congress and Obama’s Administration can stand in front of camera’s and say things like gay marriage can be decided on a State to State basis perhaps I should save my money for my State governance system. Or better yet perhaps I should save $30,400 (the max donation that a gay can give at this NDC dinner/fundraiser event) for the health care that my partner isn’t provided for because health care benefits aren’t provided to gay couples.
This disgusts and infuriates me. It is presumptuous and sickening. I say we boycott until Congress and the Obama Administration stands up and asks the world to understand and accept us instead of asking us for more money. We boycott until Obama and his people say DOMA and DADT are miscarriages of justice and do not provide the LGBT Community equal rights and benefits. We boycott until we see Congress, Obama, and Obama’s Administration grow a set. Because remember the DNC is asking for at least a $1000 for the LGBT Leadership Council dinner but the little brief the DOJ released said the following
“It is therefore permitted to maintain the unique privileges [the government] has afforded to [different-sex marriages] without immediately extending the same privileges, and scarce government resources, to new forms of marriage that States have only recently begun to recognize…DOMA maintains federal policies that have long sought to promote the traditional and uniformly-recognized form of marriage, recognizes the right of each State to expand the traditional definition if it so chooses, but declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize.”
So the government “declines to obligate federal taxpayers in other States to subsidize a form of marriage that their own states do not recognize,” well I decline to obligate my hard earned money to people who have nothing to show for it.
Did I mention the brief compares gay marriage to incest? Yeah, insult to injury much…..
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So I’ve been mulling over my feelings this past week regarding gay issues. I’ve been reading up on gay marriages, civil unions, anti-hate laws, and most recently the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The policy was enacted by Bill Clinton in 1993. I find it a tough pill to swallow. I’ve always been proud of my country. I admire the fact that men and women are willing to put their lives out on the line for a place that they believe to be good. What makes this policy so unacceptable (other than Clinton saying he would work to allow gay to be out and open in the military) is that it is basically our top governmental officials saying they aren’t accepting of us. And by us I mean gay men and women who also dedicate their lives to honoring our country in times of need and war. The other despicable aspect of this policy is that it forced men and women to be closeted. Being in the closet is, in my opinion, a personal choice. It’s a personal choice that shouldn’t be forced into policy by the government.
As I was looking over the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy I found some fun and exiting verbage that seem appropriate to visit.
“Sexual orientation will not be a bar to service unless manifested by homosexual conduct. The military will discharge members who engage in homosexual conduct, which is defined as a homosexual act, a statement that the member is homosexual or bisexual, or a marriage or attempted marriage to someone of the same gender.”
I don’t know if straight people realize the tight line gay men and women have to walk in regards to this statement. We gays are not allowed to even breathe a word of our sexuality otherwise they are discharged. Now far be it from me to judge, but I have to theorize there are plenty of men in the military that have no problem at all talking about their wives, their girlfriend/lovers etc. and what they do to them on a daily basis or what they are going to do to them when they get home from active duty. A little one sided wouldn’t you say. If straight military men and women can’t listen to gay men and women talk about our sexual conquests then why should we have to listen to theirs? Of course our government could never think of limiting straights discussing their sexual rendezvous that would be a freedom of speech issue…right? Basically our freedom to be who we are is limited because we “freak” out military personnel. Speaking of which lets read the reasons given to why DADT needed to be enacted.
“…would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.”
Jesus christ, I never realized my homosexuality could bring down an entire military unit. That’s a lot of power my sexuality yields! You know what I have to say about that….your in the fucking military. Grow a set and give the homophobia a rest. I believe you probably have bigger fish to worry about, say the enemy shooting at you, instead of my homosexuality. Really if you can make it though boot camp you would think these people would have some semblance to get over their fear of the gays. Aaaahhh yes my being gay destroys the high morale of group of people who shoots other people…perfect logic. In fact I would like to take a moment to discuss the military not being able to tolerate homosexuality. If military people can’t tolerate something like my being gay how can they tolerate an entirely different culture and way of life. I mean if the military needs a policy to keep me from talking about sleeping with men because it makes them uncomfortable how will they ever adjust to the lives and cultures in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other places in the world that will take soldiers out of their comfort zone. I’m just asking!
Recently we’ve had another winner who has been talking about the gays demoralizing the troops. In a recent Washington Times Article, by Stephen Dinan, Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, has been quoted as saying “It’s a matter of judgment, and I think that would be very poor judgment on the part of the commander in chief,…It would be very demoralizing to the troops.”
Donnelly is speaking about the recent rumors that William White, the chief operating officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, might be selected for the position of the Secretary of the Navy. Oh one last thing he’s gay and out!!!!
Heaven forbid we ever put a good, gay role model into a position of leadership to exemplify what it can be like with gays in the military. That would demoralize the troops…? It’s unfortunate people like Elaine Donnelly like to use their voices to perpetuate a negative view of gay men and women. But, there is silver lining to Donnelly’s cloud of hate, the Secretary of the Navy is a civilian position meaning William White is eligible for the position even though he is out in the public eye. You see, DADT cannot be applied to people civilians (I guess it’s that whole taking away the freedom of speech from them and making forcing them to remain in the closet that keeps it from being applied to all of us). Because of his civilian status William White is safe to be gay and be elected to this position if Obama taps him for it…which I hope he does. We will see.
Below is the Stephen Dinan article from the Washington Times and a second article regarding DADT.