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Some tidbits from the DADT decision

I hope you have all seen by now the most excellent news that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was found unconstitutional by a district court judge yesterday. News that was, for me, made all the more welcome by the fact that I didn't even know the law had been challenged in court, and so it came as a wonderful surprise.

Two things jumped out at me from the article linked above. First:

The case was filed by the Log Cabin Republicans, the largest political organization for gays in the GOP, in 2004.


Really? I mean, really? This is not a complaint, mind, but it really shocked me at first glance. A Republican group? Challenging DADT? But on reflection, it makes more sense: Republicans often believe in a strong military, perhaps are more likely to want to serve in the military, and DADT keeps gay Republicans from being able to serve. Still, it threw me for a loop.

Second, the article mentions President Obama and his oft-stated desire to repeal DADT. Now, that's great and all, Mr. President, but if you're that committed to getting rid of the law, why did the Justice Department just defend it vigorously in Federal Court? Someone explain that one to me, because unlike the first thing that caught my eye, I really don't see how that follows.

Still, good news. Great news. As always, it's just a first step, but maybe one that will get Congress and the Pentagon to get cracking on repealing the law for good.

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oswulf
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
For that matter one of the major players in overturning Prop 8 was a prominent republican. Gay rights may not hold a majority-share in the GOP just yet, and GOP politicians in general may remain skittish about the power of the Robertson/Palin fringe. But it's certainly not unknown and getting less so.

Meanwhile, I recently read an article that Beck's calling on the King legacy is nothing short of a liberal victory. It's good news when the intellectual heirs of George Wallace catch up to where King was 50 years ago. Maybe in 2060 the Sarah Palins of the age will be celebrating the pioneers of gay rights and condemning today's Muslim-bashing even as they defend the bigotries of tomorrow.

Meanwhile, with all the things I'm irate with Obama about, I don't think allowing his justice department to see the case through even makes the list.
owlmoose
Sep. 10th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
It's not so much that I'm angry with Obama about this in particular, it's just that it's so symptomatic of the way he seems to work, with gay issues particularly. He says the right things and makes the grand gestures, but when it comes to the day-to-day operations of government, everything is painfully status quo. The same thing happened with same-sex marriage -- Obama claimed that he personally would like to see DoMA repealed, and then the Justice Department released a really heinous brief in defense of it. Not just a pro-forma "we're the government and have to defend our own laws" defense, but a vigorous defense. It just adds to my disheartenment.

I agree with the rest of what you're saying, though, especially about gay rights slowly becoming not being the wedge issue it used to be.
oswulf
Sep. 11th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)
Granted, he did run on the whole post-partisan working-together thing. But from day one it's been crystal clear that it won't work if the GOP is determined not to let it, that even the dying breed of moderate GOP politicians aren't willing to consider any kind of compromise. So instead, we've got Obama starting from a compromise position, then trying to compromise between that and the GOP position again and again until he's left with a shadow of a bill which he passes without any republican support anyway, we get a watered-down nothing of a piece of legislation and Glen Beck's still harping about what an extremist socialist Obama *clearly* is. :rolleyes:

Meanwhile, in the political game I play, the players discussing the DADT ruling out-of-character seem to be split between (generally liberals) saying 'about time' and (generally conservatives) saying 'DADT should be repealed because it's stupid policy, but not by the courts'. I don't think I've heard anyone actually suggesting that DADT is a good idea & should be kept. I wonder whether that's a good sign or if its just indicative of the disproportionally libertarian population of the internet.
3_2_1
Sep. 10th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Heh.

This image, captioned with 'I can only assume that Hell has frozen over' was the top story on Reddit yesterday.
owlmoose
Sep. 10th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
....that's not real, is it?

Because if it is, a) OMG and b) I really need to start paying more attention to the news.
3_2_1
Sep. 10th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
It's real. It was a good day. :)
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