Greg in the Afternoon: No quick end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; Sarah Palin’s latest blunder
Anyone with any sense knows that the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is legal discrimination against gays and lesbians and should be abolished immediately. It’s one of the most glaringly shameful laws this country has on the books and yet, if you go by what Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Fox News Sunday, there is no rush.
“I think the president and I feel like we’ve got a lot on our plates right now, and let’s push that one down the road a little bit,” Gates told Fox’s Chris Wallace. “Any change in the policy would require a change in the law. We will follow the law whatever it is. That dialogue (to end the ban)…has not really progressed very far in this administration.”
It is so wrong that some 12,500 soldiers have been booted out for acknowledging their homosexuality or after being outed as gay.
SARAH PALIN PICKS HOMOPHOBIC AG: Since she and John McCain lost the election, I’ve convinced myself that Sarah Palin has jut sort of gone away. Unfortunately for the residents of Alaska, she has not gone away. She’s still the governor and seems to still be as clueless as she seemed during the campaign.
Palin named Anchorage lawyer Wayne Anthony Ross as her new attorney general on Thursday – a man who displayed his blatant prejudice against gays in a public letter to the state Bar. Pam’s House Blend quotes the Anchorage Daily News: “During a fight several years ago over gay rights, [Allison] Mendel helped organize Anchorage lawyers in support of an anti-discrimination ordinance. Ross wrote a nasty letter to the Bar Association newsletter, using words like “immoral”, “perversion” and “degenerates.” The language went way beyond reasonable disagreement, Mendel and others said.”
I dunno, maybe Palin didn’t know. It’s possible she vetted this guy out about as well as the McCain campaign vetted her out!
SPEAKERS SET FOR TOWN HALL MEETING: Prop. 8 plaintiffs Robin Tyler and Diane Olson will be among the panelists for “Town Hall on Prop. 8, the Fight for the Freedom to Marry” this Wednesday. Hosted by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, it is the first of a series of Town Hall discussions where members and allies of the LGBT community can join in on an open dialogue.
Also discussing the legal challenges seeking to overturn Prop. 8 and efforts happening across the state in support of the freedom to marry will be Kate Kendall of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal’s Jon Davidson, Marc Solomon and Geoff Kors from Equality California and representatives from F.A.I.R., California Faith for Equality, API Equality, Honor PAC, the Jordan/Rustin Coalition and Vote for Equality.
The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the center’s The Village at Ed Gould Plaza (1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, 90038. (One block east of Highland just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)