Appeals court orders immediate halt to US gay military ban

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    Jul 06, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43660098/ns/us_news-life/
  • rnch

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    Jul 06, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
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    Jul 07, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    I've made a fresh bowl of popcorn to eat while I read the hateful comments of America's Taliban on foxnews.com. But the real fun will start in October when gay Marines bring their same sex dates to the Marine Ball. Can't wait !
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    Jul 07, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle saidI've made a fresh bowl of popcorn to eat while I read the hateful comments of America's Taliban on foxnews.com. But the real fun will start in October when gay Marines bring their same sex dates to the Marine Ball. Can't wait !




    LOL!
    I don't know if that will actually happen, but I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen.
  • Vaughn

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    Jul 07, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle saidI've made a fresh bowl of popcorn to eat while I read the hateful comments of America's Taliban on foxnews.com. But the real fun will start in October when gay Marines bring their same sex dates to the Marine Ball. Can't wait !


    Wait till some of them are wearing dresses. America is doomed. Oh no!



    God as angry at homos that's why he gave us Westboro. If only we were more fierce, like the old testament, then God would love us again.
  • rmd210

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    Jul 07, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Super excited being in DEP for the navy icon_biggrin.gif. It's quite the relief!
  • mynyun

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    Jul 07, 2011 7:01 AM GMT
    I'm going to just sit back and observe.


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    Jul 07, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    Well, the Marines finally got what they've been wanting for the past 20+ years in their advertisements: A few good men. icon_cool.gif
  • tazzari

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    Jul 07, 2011 3:59 PM GMT
    Stay tuned for:

    "Activist Judges"
    "Shoving it down our throats"
    The Bible"
    "Enough is enough"
    "Lifestyle"
    "Liberal judges"
    "The Bible..... "
    "Now promiscuity will be rewarded"
    "Special rights"
    "The Bible"

    And so on ad nauseum. I've been following it in the Seattle Times on-line comments section, and all the usual brainless, tired old drivel(usually with lots of misspellings) is being poured out. But the good news is that the majority of posters are both pro- and very down on the reactionaries, and the highest-ranked comments, by far, are the pro- side.

    Nat
  • tazzari

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    Jul 07, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    A very good paragraph from today's Guardian; I found the last paragraph especially telling:

    Uncomfortable though it is to recall now, in the second world war the American military segregated servicemen by race. A combined force, claimed commanders, would disrupt discipline and weaken the fighting spirit of the troops. That prejudice was smashed many years ago and, in President Obama, America now has a black commander in chief. But identical fallacies were used until recently to discriminate against gay men and lesbians who wanted to serve their country. Soldiers, said generals, would not feel comfortable fighting alongside people of different sexuality – who in turn might be too effeminate to fight, or open to blackmail by foreign powers, as a British military report concluded as recently as 1996. It was absurd: armies throughout history have contained gay men, and in 2000, when Britain lifted the ban, the sky did not fall in. Openly gay British sailors and soldiers have served in Afghanistan, and joined gay pride marches in uniform. Now, at last, the United States is following suit. President Clinton aimed to lift the ban but retreated instead to a notorious "don't ask, don't tell" policy. President Obama has gone further; on Wednesday the US court of appeals backed full military equality and the Pentagon is now rewriting its rules. In the week that the body of Andrew Wilfahrt, the first openly gay American to die in combat, was brought home, it is right to remember that in a democracy the armed forces should represent all parts of the nations whose freedoms they are expected to defend.