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Clinton calls for repeal of DADT

Why this is such big news? sHillary’s been on the record as far back as 1999 in opposition to her hubby’s policy that prevents gays and lesbians from serving their country openly. Steve Ralls over at SLDN‘s The Frontlines comments:

In a recent meeting with LGBT activists in New York, Clinton “spoke passionately against what she said was the injustice, waste, and stupidity of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that has led to 10,000 discharges in the past 13 years, including some involving personnel with specialized skills such as language translation,” according to Gay City News.

As the campaign for 2008 continues, we hope other presidential contenders will continue to weigh in on the issue, too.  With our country losing two service members every day because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” repeal should be an item on every candidate’s agenda.

She can ring me when she calls for the repeal of the Bill Clinton-era federal Defense of Marriage Act — particularly since she’s on record with “I believe in full equality of benefits, nothing left out.”

As far where other candidates on DADT…take a look after the flip.* John Edwards, for instance, is also for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: “As the recent discharge of Arabic language specialists demonstrates, the current policy does not serve our national interests and should be changed.”

* Former Senator Mike Gravel (D-AK), a really dark horse who’s running for the Dem nom, called for DADT’s repeal on his web site, saying “The law flies in the face of common sense, and undermines our nation’s commitment to equal opportunity. As commander-in-chief, I will welcome every qualified American, regardless of sexual orientation, who wants to serve in our fighting forces.”

* Ohio Dem Congressman Dennis Kucinich, the only candidate in favor of full marriage equality, was on the record the last time around in support of of the right for openly gay and lesbian citizens to serve.

* Bill Richardson is for the right of gays and lesbians to serve.

* Rudy Giuliani supports lifting the ban.

* Who knows what flip-flopping, homo-loving/homo-hating Mitt Romney believes? It depends on which way the wind is blowing. If you look at the infamous 1994 letter to the Massachusetts Log Cabin chapter, he seems to be in favor of a repeal. “I believe that there will be change over time as the military establishment and the rank and file become more comfortable with the realities of sexual orientation in the military.” Since he’s trying to hop in bed with the fundies these days, he may have retreated on this. [Actually, I just found an article from the other day, and Mitt makes it clear that he now agrees with maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Mitt is still being dogged about his flip-flop positions on gay rights issues. At this point, since his handlers cannot find a way to reconcile his 1994 pro-gay posturing when he was battling Ted Kennedy in that Senate race with his newfound fundie ass-kissing anti-gay persona.  At this point, he’s simply avoiding questions on the matter.]

* Sam Brownback — we don’t have to guess on that one.

* The faux maverick Rethug Tool John McCain proudly supports the status quo, the bastard.

When asked by Edge reporter Peter Cassels his position on DADT, McCain replied, “All the senior members of the military say that it’s working.” When asked directly if he would vote for Massachusetts Congressman Marty Meehan’s bill (H.R. 1059) to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, McCain said, “No.”

* I haven’t seen any quotes from Obama, Tom Vilsack, Chris Dodd or some of the others on the matter but assume they are all for the repeal. Anyone out there have nfo?


Steve also points to a great interview with former Marine Sergeant Brian Fricke in The Advocate. I interviewed him at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network’s 14th Annual National Dinner last May (audio here).

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