DADT Is DADToast
Welp, service members can now serve in the military, out and proud. Which is awesome! But their families still can’t get full benefits, which tends to temper the party. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal went into effect at midnight last night, wreaking havoc for no one, and bringing us one step closer to equality.
Congress repealed DADT last December, and President Obama signed a certification of the repeal in July. The repeal could not go into effect until a 60-day waiting period passed.
Now that DADT is officially over, various regulations will be officially revised, all pending investigations into DADT violations will be halted, and pending DADT discharges will also be halted.
But fell one four letter blockage, there’s still another to deal with, it seems. Many LGBT activists aren’t heralding the change until service members’ have access to full rights and benefits in the eyes of the law. And that won’t happen until The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed.
Via CBS News
North Carolina Jumps on the Discriminatory Bandwagon, Wastes Legislative Time
On September 13th, North Carolina conservatives succeeded in passing a motion to place an anti-LGBT constitutional amendment on the state’s May 2012 ballot. How did it happen? Oh, just a little bit of fear-mongering of course.
The proposal, (also) called The Defense of Marriage Act, would exclude homosexuals from state-sanctioned marriage by defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman. Now it will be up to North Carolinians to vote it up or down come election time.
Sen. James Forrester, the primary sponsor of the bill in the senate, urged his fellow legislators on prior to the bill passing:
“If this bill does not pass then homosexuality will be taught into public school as the norm,” Forrester said. “Do you want that? No. The homosexuals want to have their lifestyle considered normal.”
If by “lifestyle” he means waking up, going to work, and eating with our families, I can imagine the horror of schoolchildren learning about such routines. If by “lifestyle” he means sex, then yes, I guess it would be taught as much as explicit straight sex is taught in elementary schools today. Totally stupid.
Forrester, a physician, is clearly the crackpot in the NC teakettle on this one, braying his (I’m sure well-informed) opinions about homosexuality left and right.
Among other gems, Forrester said the lifespan of homosexuals is decreased by at least 20 years due to the increased risk of developing AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases, and called the city of Asheville, NC, “a cesspool of sin.”
The final vote tally, 30-16, barely met the three-fifths majority needed for the measure to pass. Afterwards, Forrester celebrated with some more idiocy:
“This is the eighth year I put in this bill. The bill never had a hearing. I’m very happy to have this bill before us at the time… Moms and dads are not interchangeable. Two dads don’t make a mom. Two moms don’t make a dad. Children need both a father and a mother.” he said.
Meanwhile, North Carolina’s Democrats summed up the stupidity of the bill:
Sen. Josh Stein (D-Wake) said, “Why are we here? Rome is burning. We are on the edge of a double-dip recession,” he said. “Yet, we’ve been called back to this special session to the cost of $50,000 a day not to improve our economy, not even to alleviate the suffering of those down east. No, we are here because some of you want to graft onto our constitution controversial and discriminatory legislation.” Stein continued, “This is the unfortunate history of social issues in our constitution. None have stood the test of time.”
Let’s hope someone is listening.
Jane Lynch Hosts the Emmys
Yay! Now this is fun. Jane Lynch hosted the Emmys last Sunday, and did a damn good job. The biggest controversy so far has been the joke she cracked when introducing the Entourage cast:
“A lot people are very curious as to why I’m a lesbian—ladies and gentleman, the cast of Entourage,” Lynch said, as she introduced the cast to the stage.
The “controversy” arose because one of the show’s “stars,” Kevin Dillon, (brother to Matt, star to no one) spoke out about it the morning after:
“It was funny, but I think it’s not fair at the same time,” Dillon told E Online. “We all have good senses of humor but I think the men of Entourage treat women well for the most part.
Dude, it’s not a comment about YOU. It’s a comment about your character, a dumb guy whose plotlines revolve(d) around fake hand jobs. Laugh a little.
For me, however, the best moment was, as usual, the precise comic timing of Jon Hamm and the Mad Men cast, which basically made Lynch’s opening musical number more watchable (Sorry, Jane). Wait for it below, and enjoy Lynch’s banter with Peggy as much as I did.
Chaz Bono Works the Dance Floor
Chaz worked his cha-cha last night on the Season opener of Dancing with the Stars, and scored 17 points! Whatever that means. No matter, he wasn’t last! And it looked like fun! And I think America’s cool with it! In all seriousness, it’s great to see him getting in the spotlight – lesbian fedoras everywhere should be tipped to this guy.
Oh, Hope Solo and Carson Kressley were also on the show last night, giving lesbians another reason to watch, and the gay community one more member to celebrate (although I have to say, watching a gay man sing and dance in entertainment doesn’t have quite the same impact as Bono’s page-in-history-turning presence). Either way, congratulations, ABC – you’ve gotten me to watch this asinine show!
Dick Cheney Says Uncle
Finally, Dick Cheney provided a nice little surprise on The View last Tuesday, where he and his wife, Lynn Cheney, expressed their support for gay marriage.
“I think freedom means freedom for everybody, and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation. I certainly don’t have a problem with it,” said Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian.
Cheney has previously confirmed the notion that every state should decide, even going as far as to say that people should be allowed to form any kind of union they wish.
Cheney’s daughter and her partner Heather have two children.
“Whatever Mary and Heather decide to do is up to Mary and Heather,” said Lynne.
When asked about if the couple is not against gay marriage, Lynne responded, “That’s right.” Not bad, Cheneys, not bad.
Via LGBT Weekly