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Do Tell

guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (and the law underlying DADT) was certified yesterday by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The White House press release from earlier today:

An Historic Signing

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund As I begin to write this, the doors are about to close on admission to the beginning of the end of a 17-year saga. About the time this posts, 9:00 am EST, President Obama will sign the bill to eventually end the ban on gays in the US military.…

(I posted this elsewhere the other day, before yesterday’s historic vote to repeal DADT, but decided to post it again today after reading Lt. Dan Choi’s post on Huffington Post last night. We’ve scored a major victory for civil rights, but, as Lt. Choi wrote, “The mission is not finished; it has only just begun.”…

Bring Out Your DADT

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin VIcklund Is it midnight yet? As Ed said was likely to happen yesterday afternoon, the Senate finally passed the bill repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the executive order that had banned open and outed gays from the military. The bill to repeal passed by a margin of 65-31. It took…

Carpenter vs Blankenhorn, Round 3

The debate between Dale Carpenter and Michael Blankenhorn continues at the Volokh Conspiracy. As usual, Carpenter is simply pummeling Blankenhorn, who has now retreated from his already silly claims to endorsing the monumentally idiotic claims of Stanley Kurtz. It looks as though Carpenter’s polite praise of Blankenhorn’s work was exaggerated and that he is, in…

AFA Stupidity on the Day of Silence

As this year’s Day of Silence approaches (it’s April 18th), the religious right is increasingly losing its mind over the idea that thousands of high school kids around the country will, in a peaceful and civil manner, stand up for the right of gays and lesbians not to be bullied and abused. That thought seems…

Silence is Propaganda!

Daniel T. Zanoza, director of a group called Republicans for Fair Media, has written a breathlessly overwrought column about the upcoming Day of Silence to protest anti-gay discrimination. The absurdity begins from the very first sentence: On April 18th, a number of public schools across the country will hold a so-called “Day of Silence.” Bzzzt.…

Prager on Outing Gay Conservatives

Dennis Prager has a column objecting to the outing of gay conservatives that is full of his usual gaseous nonsense. I’m not entirely comfortable with outing gay conservatives myself, but the arguments Prager makes about it are just plain silly. Like this: It is difficult to identify a more morally repellent act – outside of…

Glib Discovers Framing

Our old pal Glib Fortuna has made a startling discovery: gay rights advocacy groups actually discuss how to make their position most appealing and convincing to the public. He is shocked – shocked! – to find out that those he disagrees with actually use the tools of political framing just like those he agrees with…

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, a Republican, has joined the chorus calling for the end of the ban on gays serving openly in the military. “I think what we’re hearing from within the military is what we’re hearing from within society, that we’re becoming a much more open, tolerant society for diverse opinions and…