sigh, gee-oh-pee(d on you again) [from Americablog/HRC]

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    Jun 06, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    HRC: Republican gay bashing puts national security at risk

    Just released by the Human Rights Campaign.

    New Hampshire Debate: GOP Candidates’ Support of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Puts National Security at Risk

    Standing in Stark Contrast to Sunday Night’s Democratic Debate, No Republican Candidate Supports Repeal of Dishonorable Policy

    WASHINGTON – When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to raise their hand if they support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, not a single Republican candidate’s hand went up in the air. The position of every single Republican candidate on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” not only stands in stark contrast to the unified support of repeal by all Democratic Presidential candidates but it is also out of step with the majority of the American people.

    “America’s national security was sacrificed tonight in the name of divisive political maneuvering,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Every single Republican candidate for President just looked the American people in the eye and voiced their support for a policy that is more concerned about the sexual orientation of an Arabic linguist than it is our military’s ability to decode the next piece of intelligence from terrorist groups.”

    “I hope tonight’s debate wasn’t aired over the Armed Forces Network because otherwise over 60,000 gay and lesbian troops on active duty just heard a message of dishonor. For these candidates running to be the next Commander in Chief to dishonor the service of men and women standing on the streets of Baghdad and serving around the globe is shameful,” said Eric Alva, National Spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign and the first U.S. troop wounded in the Iraq War.

    On March 12, 2007, USA Today reported, "Polls indicate growing acceptance of gay troops. A Harris Poll this month found that 55% supported allowing gays to serve openly, up from 48% in 2000. A Pew Research Center survey last year found that 60% favored gays serving openly, up from 52% in 1994. Support ran 3-to-1 among those younger than 30.

    ”The American people have moved forward. Unfortunately, the GOP candidates for President have not,” continued Solmonese. “Apparently, the GOP presidential candidates have decided to ally themselves with the extreme views of the right wing, instead of the vast majority of Americans. Not a single hand raised tonight spoke volumes about their willingness to discriminate against gay and lesbian servicemembers.”

    During tonight’s New Hampshire debate aired on CNN, none of the Republican candidates for President supported repeal of the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” (DADT) law that prevents gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military. Mitt Romney actually supported repeal of DADT in 1994 but switched his position tonight. Ironically, Senator John McCain stated that while the U.S has a great military, "there aren't enough of them." Although, he went on to state his willingness to kick out gay and lesbian Americans wanting to serve.


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    you love guys, therefore you are incapable and unfit to do anything in military service.
  • jc_online

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    Jun 06, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting the article. I heard it on the mainstream news this morning and it just clarigied for me that I cannot vote for any republican at this time. It's a shame they are all so beholden to the hateful conservatives. (not all conservatives are hateful, just the bigoted ones!)
    Also, don't be foolded by the dems either. Even though they all favor repealing DADT, only Dennis Kucinich fully supports total equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    Go Dennis!
  • jc_online

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    Jun 06, 2007 8:49 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting the article. I heard it on the mainstream news this morning and it just clarified for me that I cannot vote for any republican at this time. It's a shame they are all so beholden to the hateful conservatives. (not all conservatives are hateful, just the bigoted ones!)
    Also, don't be foolded by the dems either. Even though they all favor repealing DADT, only Dennis Kucinich fully supports total equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    Go Dennis!
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    Jun 06, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    truth be told, i haven't met a politician yet that hasn't let me down in a big way.
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    Jun 06, 2007 9:43 PM GMT
    Most politicians are full of shit. These days it seems like its more or less trying to pick the lesser of two evils.
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    Jun 07, 2007 3:56 PM GMT
    While I'm pretty out of touch with American politics, I gotta say that Dennis Kucinich is pretty fuckin' cool. I have no idea how somebody that sensible (and radical) got elected as a state rep. The Dems, of course, can be expected to studiously ignore him. Is he running for the presidency again then?