Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Colin Powell Tells GLBT Activists Not to Press Congress on DADT

Colin Powell warns GLBT activists not to press Congress to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Even though President Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates oppose the ban, Powell says that he wants the "study" of this issue to continue. He also opposes litigation challenging the ban. Unless Congress repeals the statute before Republicans take over the House, the discriminatory measure will likely remain in place for a long period of time, absent a judicial ruling enjoining its enforcement.

Ironically, Powell himself has embraced changing course on this issue in extremely measured comments. Powell, however, played a great role in crafting DADT. President Clinton promised to lift the ban, but military leaders -- including Powell -- opposed the decision. When Democrats cheered Powell's endorsement of President Obama, I questioned this stance, given his role in President Bush's unnecessary invasion of Iraq and his support for DADT. Powell's current stance would virtually ensure that the ban remain in place.


MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

When I served, men bunked in barracks with other men. We had community showers where men showered with other men.

It's going to be awesome when it's deemed discriminatory to segregate men from women in their sleeping and showering arrangements. Isn't that the next logical position for progressives to take? I mean, if gay men will be sleeping in rooms with men, as well as showering with and ogling naked men, isn't it discriminatory to prevent straight men from sleeping in rooms with women, as well as showering with and ogling naked women?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Maggot: The short answer is NO. Several states, for example, prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians but still have separate public facilities for men and women.

Also, DADT is not about "segregating" gay men and lesbians. So, you probably already slept in barracks with gay men. Instead, the policy keeps openly gay people out of the military. How is this rational?

Infidel753 said...

Always wait, wait, wait, wait, The time isn't quite right yet. Well, the time is never quite right yet. If we'd waited until every aspect of the issue had been studied and everyone agreed, we wouldn't have gotten rid of the laws against interracial marriage yet, or given women the vote.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

There comes a time when people become too angry over injustice. "Wait" is always tossed out by moderates, who lack a true commitment to change.

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