Saturday, November 22, 2008

Gay activists cave on Don't ask repeal, Why?

from the Washington Blade,
Gay ‘activists’ cave on ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal

Right on cue, our gay rights “activists” have begun backpedaling and lowering expectations regarding the incoming Obama administration.

Today’s Washington Times features an interview with Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Rather than aggressively advocating for an immediate repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he is instead advising Obama’s transition team to wait until 2010.

That doesn’t sound like activism – it sounds like spineless appeasement. If John McCain had won the election and told gay rights advocates to wait a couple of years before addressing the military’s gay ban, we’d howl with derision at his homophobia. But because Obama is a Democrat, our supposed advocates give him cover. Obama promised to repeal the discriminatory gay ban, a position endorsed by scores of retired generals and admirals and supported by a majority of Americans according to recent opinion polls.

It’s 2008, not 1993. Times have changed since President Clinton caved to pressure and enacted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We will never experience the change that was promised if our activists accede to every demand of the Democratic Party. More than 12,000 careers have been destroyed because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Why should brave service members have to wait years longer to simply serve their country openly?

There is no rational justification for prolonging the repeal effort any longer. No more waiting, no more excuses and no more cover for duplicitous, squeamish politicians from our timid activist groups.

What else did you expect would happen, there no GOP Ass in office to yell at and to make demands on. I wonder why they did back down? I guess they felt this issue isn't important for Obama to handle in his first two years.

In turn it will be forgotten in those two years..

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