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Comment on post link friday: Mayday PAC, science is hard, net neutrality:
A) It looks like Ghana is a really depressing place to be
B) I'm amused by how little the French care about any of the things on there.
Comment on post Don't Ask Don't Tell, and some non-DADT things:
My friend Greg Stoll recently shared with me your response to his urging that you vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. I was disappointed with your response and would like to inform you that another one of your constituents supports repealing this discriminatory policy.
In your response, you disagreed with the conclusion of the Pentagon report saying that repealing DADT would "bring about limited disruption to unit cohesion and retention" based on your anecdotal evidence. However it seems to me that many people, possibly including those whose opinions shaped your decision, haven't considered the idea that many homosexuals won't come out to their units. Many won't do so because they recognize the potential for disruption just as they recognize who they can come out to outside of the military. I believe you should have more faith in those who have been persecuted for they are a much better judge of prudent behavior in this matter than we are.
I am confident that Don't Ask Don't Tell will be repealed eventually. Women didn't have the right to vote until well into the 20th century. Women still don't earn nearly as much as men do in the same position with the same education and the same experience. Racial discrimination was still rampant across the country until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Interracial Marriage was still illegal in some states more than twenty years after American forces required Charles de Gaulle's Free French Forces to march into Paris as "whites only" unit (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7984436.stm). It is time to start putting the systematic discrimination against the GLBT citizens behind us.
I would be honored to say that my (adopted) state had a hand in ending our latest form of discrimination. Please support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.
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