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Monday, March 19, 2007

Thank you, Major General Pace

I haven't had the energy to weigh in on this latest anti-gay bigotry from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine General Peter Pace. When I first saw the story, I thought that this was exactly the kind of comment we needed to help reform 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Here's the full clip:

"I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way."

When we get people like Pace - and like Tim Hardaway - to say that being gay is somehow immoral we can demand apologies in the short-term, and, in the long-term, continue to educate Americans about how GLBT folks deserve the same rights as everyone else. Pace has helped make our point to the millions of Americans who are coming around on gay rights: (1) 'Don't ask, don't tell' is hurting the war effort and (2) its supporters are from the stone-age. While the rest of us were getting to know that gay people are just like the rest of us, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' proponents stuck their heads in the sand and hoped this day would never come. Well, sorry Major General Pace, that day has arrived.


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