Senate Repeals DADT


Several Republicans joined the Senate Democrats in supporting DADT repeal and it was passed 65-31!

Now the bill moves on to President Obama, who has promised to sign it into law!

Sometimes, my faith in our government is restored. I am so glad we are doing the right thing and allowing our LGBT soldiers to serve openly and honorably.

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Obama Forgot the Gays?


In his response to the election, President Obama said:

Sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place.

I think he was talking about the LGBT community that wholeheartedly supported him during his election. The same LGBT community that only got the hate crimes law they were promised. After all this time, I hope he plans to pass ENDA, end DADT, and maybe even work on repealing DOMA. Otherwise, I don’t see him winning the gay vote again…which could really hurt his changes for reelection.

Thoughts?

2010 Election Results from HRC


From HRC:

The march to equality has steps forward and steps backward. Yesterday we saw some of each. Our fight for equality at the federal level was dealt a serious setback – but there are paths forward for pro-equality bills and amendments, and there are new opportunities for progress in states across the country. If you know anything about HRC, it’s that we’re fighters. And fighting tirelessly is exactly what we’ll need to do over the next few years.

Since 2006, the U.S. House has been led by committed supporters of equality. But yesterday, a wave of anti-LGBT radicals seized control. Their leaders – Reps. Boehner (R-OH), Cantor (R-VA), and Pence (R-IN) – all received scores of zero on HRC’s congressional scorecard, meaning they’ve NEVER supported a single pro-equality bill. Key Senate seats were lost as well.

In Pennsylvania, arch-conservative Pat Toomey beat the staunchly pro-equality Joe Sestak, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal leader Rep. Patrick Murphy lost his seat. Longtime LGBT rights champion Sen. Russ Feingold lost to multi-millionaire Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who’s called homosexuality a “dysfunction” and “personal enslavement,” continues as a U.S. Representative.

But there were major victories last night as well. A record number of openly LGBT candidates prevailed, including newly elected David Cicilline (D) of Rhode Island, Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) spent millions to gin up hatred and fear, and although they ousted three Iowa judges who ruled for marriage equality, many of their favored candidates lost – like Tea Party darlings Christine O’Donnell in Delaware (who founded a group to “cure” homosexuality) and Sharron Angle in Nevada (who refused donations from pro-equality companies), as well as Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California and Carl Paladino in New York. The man who likened homosexuality to alcoholism, Colorado’s Ken Buck, also went down in defeat.

The upside is that we are now better positioned to win marriage equality or other forms of family recognition in multiple states. HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage helped pick up three state senate seats, building significant momentum for a marriage equality vote. Maryland re-elected Governor O’Malley, who has committed to signing a marriage bill, and flipped a key state Senate Judiciary Committee seat. In California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Colorado, pro-equality governors will take office.

These elections also proved again that pro-LGBT candidates don’t lose because of their belief in equality. New Hampshire voters rejected the bigotry and hate of NOM and other anti-equality forces and re-elected Governor John Lynch, who signed marriage equality legislation last year.

But hey, at least the democrats maintained control of the Senate.

This is well overdue…


I know this is well overdue, but I have been busy with life and all of the responsibilities that come along with trying to get an education (and hopefully a job). I apologize for disappearing and failing to keep you up to speed on the issues.

That being said, I have decided to make time to keep up with this blog (I promise I’ll do my best) because this is a critical time in our country’s history and a critical time for gay rights. Today’s election decides the fate of our country for the next couple of years, so I hope you got out to vote today. Our country depends on us.

In case you missed it, a lot has been going on from Prop 8 to DADT and ENDA. I will try to recap some of what has happened as time goes on just in case you haven’t been keeping up.

I look forward to blogging and discussing issues with all of you in the future, and I hope you are excited because SECOND CLASS CITIZENS is back and we aren’t taking no for an answer anymore! (You hear that Mr. Obama?)

Yours,

A Concerned Citizen

 

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell


Someone I know very well posted this on CNN today in response to the arguments against the repeal of DADT.  It rings very true, and I wanted to share it with you:

To a certain extent i can understand why this policy was implemented in 1993. If I stretch my imagination further, i can maybe see how this was even seen as a largely progressive measure back then. Well folks, that was 17 years ago and times are a changing. Each year, we strive to make this a more perfect union. This is not only the logical – it is a NECESSARY next step in that journey set forth over 2 centuries ago. I challenge you all to seriously take a look at the arguments that are made in opposition of the repeal and please explain to me how they’re not solely based on oppression of a minority and fear of change. Well as was proven time and time again, the fact that we are even having this debate will undoubtedly be looked at as a shameful exhibition by our children and most certaintly by the children of their own. To those who so vehemently oppose equality, I again challenge you to use that same furor in disclosing your true motivations. Tell us youre afraid, feel threatened – dont hide behind falsely constructed ideals of morality and ethics. Keep in mind, that for the 17 years during which this law has been in effect, Americans of all races, genders and yes sexual orientations, answered the call of duty to protect our common goal. And yet, here we are conjuring up arguments about how a repeal might shaken unit cohesion and undermine courage. To that I can only say that we must step back and truly understand the loyalty of these service members. Those who are willing to lay down their life, one’s most precious gift, for a country that is willing to shamefully relieve them of their duties if their true selves ever come to light. To me, that is the purest show of unwavering courage.

Indeed, we are a country of partisanship and debate. However, we engage in combat as one nation united. Defense of the ideals we hold so dear doesn’t rest with the conservative right nor is it conducted by the liberal left. Together we maintain the beacon of freedom. To those who today choose to stand on the wrong side of history, think back to your days in grammar school and recite to yourself the Pledge of Allegiance. You will end with the vision which is defended by our armed forces each and every day, “…indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We are all forever indebted to every man and woman who ever put on a uniform. Their work is not in vain as one day, without a doubt, we will achieve that more perfect Union.