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#340560 - 09/21/10 11:00 AM Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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Today the Senate will vote on the defense authorization bill that contains the repeal of DADT. If you are with the majority of Americans who think that DADT is discriminatory and wrong, please contact your Senators today and ask them to vote to repeal DADT.

You can fax them easily using this link: http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/repeal_dadt/?rc=fb_share

-efm

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#340575 - 09/21/10 01:23 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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Howdy, my Sequoia brother.

I just submitted my fax calling for the repeal of DADT.

We, always have been in the military. They spilled their blood for our country. They have given their lives for our country.

So, you could live in freedom.

I am a retired military member. We always have been there.

Thanks, my Sequoia brother, Brian, for posting this.

Pete..Irishmoose.

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#340580 - 09/21/10 04:33 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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Hi, my brothers.

The bill didn't pass.

When you go to vote in November, pay attention who you vote for & what their stand is on issues importaint to you.

We have always been there & still are. Freedom is not free.

Heal well, my brothers, heal well.

Pete..Irishmoose.

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#340584 - 09/21/10 08:35 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: petercorbett]
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They attached it to something they knew would help derail it. Simple as that. I knew it when I first heard about the move that it was intended to bury the repeal.

Thanks for the link, Mark.

Interesting how no one minds taking the taxes of a gay person.

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#340585 - 09/21/10 09:18 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: prisonerID]
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I find it disgusting that gay people are political pawns. A facebook friend just posted a cartoon that shows 3 coffins with US flags over them. The question asks in the cartoon, "which one is gay?" Oh how, I hope this country and the world can evolve and become more enlightened then they are now.

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#340589 - 09/21/10 10:15 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: MrDon]
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This policy won't last forever.


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#340595 - 09/21/10 11:29 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: InsideTheWall]
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I really don't understand the brouhaha in this country about homo-affectional military personell.

The Roman army not only used to recruit men with a homo-affectional preference, but they would put the lover's side by side, knowing each would fight viciously to protect the other.

Isn't the service one gives more important than how they love?



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#340603 - 09/22/10 02:22 AM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Anomalous]
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Thanks everyone. It's disappointing, but since there has been so much disappointment on issues of equality in the last few years it's not far out of our way.

By the way, earlier in the week Australia, who has had GLB people serving proudly in the military since 1992, repealed a policy that prevented Transgender people from continuing to serve in the military.

I saw an old political cartoon today that once again really struck home for me:



























-efm

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#340674 - 09/23/10 06:59 AM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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I want to express my disappointment and continued support for the brave Americans who are most affected by these type of third world policies reflected in this vote.

Kevin

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#340787 - 09/25/10 12:57 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: sono]
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As one of the few military members here on ms.org, let me offer some wisdom here that those who have not served may or may not be aware of.

When I was active US Navy, we knew who was gay in our squadron but really didn't care and no one was ever kicked out for homosexuality. This was even before DADT

I'm proud looking back since I had not addressed my CSA (still blamed & resented gays for what happened to me)when I was active and still managed to be good friends with at least two of the known gay guys in our squadron. I showered with them in open bay showers and never felt threatened (of course it pays to be my size sometimes) wink or that they were looking at me sexually.

DADT, while not perfect, is a great compromise between those who don't want anyone who is gay/bi to serve versus those who want to be openly gay w/out any restrictions.

I know it's hard to believe but even heterosexuals in the military have restrictions placed on them in terms of relationship. You can't date your subordinate if you're his/her supervisor. The armed forces strongly strongly look down on officer & enlisted marriages and frequently force one or the other to leave the service.

You're not allowed to have sex during boot camp, gay or straight. You're not allowed to have sex on a ship (this actually causes more problems than DADT since somehow many girls on ships end up pregnant)Hmmmmmm??


According to the UCMJ, you're not allowed to give/receive oral whether gay or straight.

It's forbidden to have someone of the opposite gender stay in your room in the barracks, even w/out sex and they can both be kicked out or punished severely.

An Air Force tanker aircrew found out that you can't fly nude across the Pacific regardless of the fact everyone's okay with it.

Michelle Manhart (not making her name up wink found out that you can't pose in Playboy and stay in the military, let alone as a drill instructor.

et al.

Basically, here's my point. What's more important to you as an American citizen?

Forcing the military to accept, not tolerate, certain types of sexuality that are incongruous with unit cohesion, morale and readiness to defend our nation that will have real, not college classroom debates, repercussions on the ability of the US Armed Forces to perform their mission and keep us safe or accept that the gay/bi members can serve so long as they, like everyone else, keep their sexuality to themselves.


Homosexuality's not the norm (less than 10% at best), just like BDSM dungeons, polyamory and swinging parties, in terms of sexuality but all of the aforementioned participants can serve in the military if they keep these aspects of their lives, rightly so, where it belongs, in private.

My personal view, which due to being here on ms.org is obviously biased, is that I really don't care if someone's gay or straight, so long as they perform their job, give unselfishly and put the mission first.

DADT keeps sexuality where it belongs, out of the foxhole, workcenters, ship, squadron or boot camp and in the private lives of military members of all sexual orientations.

That's my two cents. Is DADT perfect? Of course not. Does it work insofar as balancing the military, not activist, mission with sexuality is concerned? Yes.

I'd like to hear from other military vets or parents of those in the military and see what they say as well, please.


Take care my brothers and if you want to take me to task for my views in a controversial manner, please feel free but do so off-line in a PM.

Jay


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#340789 - 09/25/10 01:51 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: westsidej]
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Jay,

What is most important to me as an American Citizen is that all citizens have the same rights and responsibilities and are treated equally and with respect.

DADT fails at this most basic level.

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DADT keeps sexuality where it belongs, out of the foxhole, workcenters, ship, squadron or boot camp and in the private lives of military members of all sexual orientations.

Sexuality as an element of identity is *everywhere* in the military. There are men and women who are husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, fathers and mothers and don't have to lie or hide that part of their identity thats expressed through their relationships.

DADT fails to restrain straight people expressing their identity and there is *no punitive action* that results from that expression.

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Homosexuality's not the norm (less than 10% at best), just like BDSM dungeons, polyamory and swinging parties, in terms of sexuality but all of the aforementioned participants can serve in the military if they keep these aspects of their lives, rightly so, where it belongs, in private.

You've just reduced full, rich human beings who are gay to being abnormal and framed their whole lives and identities as being only about sex. You've also managed to ignore the fact that straight military personal are not required to hide their straight orientation, identity, and relationships as gay military personal are required to do under DADT.

Are these really the best arguments for why DADT is good and necessary? If so, then roll on repeal.

-efm

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#340794 - 09/25/10 03:43 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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I still see no reason for DADT to exist except to bend to the whims of those who choose their personal opinions over the rights of others.

I say that as a tax payer and not a gay man.

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#340797 - 09/25/10 04:22 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: prisonerID]
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EFM, the military gets to discriminate, thank G-d, like it or not. If it didn't, you and I would be in shackles or even sent to concentration camps since Jews and gays shared the same fate.

In order to serve, you can't be too fat, too tall, too short, mentally ill, crippled, too old, blind, deaf or a host of other items that the military renders incompatible with service.

Sorry, that's just how it goes. The military's not a social experiment, it's there to fight and win wars. Nation build as well it seems but that's a discussion for another day. wink

To reiterate, DADT is a great compromise between both sides. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it any less so.

Exercise your right to privacy and keep your sexuality to yourself.

I really don't want to hear about the prostitute some guy banged in Thailand just as much as I don't want to hear about a sailor who screwed another guy that he met at the bar last night. Just like in sports, act like you've been in the endzone (no pun intended) before.

EFM & Prisoner ID, we agree on gays/bi's being allowed to serve in the military but just differ on how they, and heteros as well, need to keep their private life, such as it exists in the service, just that...private.

I'll take the fact that all of us, so far as I know, agree gays/bi's should be allowed to serve in the military as a good start.


Thank you for the differing opinions and for your replies.

Your brother.

Jay

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#340801 - 09/25/10 05:54 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: westsidej]
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But those who are straight have the choice to excersise privacy. Those who are gay do not. That is the issue. It is called equality. And this is not an equal playing field. I don't want to hear either's sexual exploits served in front of me. But the one can at will with no problem.

That is inequality.



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#340804 - 09/25/10 06:52 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: westsidej]
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Jay,
Originally Posted By: westsidej
EFM, the military gets to discriminate, thank G-d, like it or not. If it didn't, you and I would be in shackles or even sent to concentration camps since Jews and gays shared the same fate.

At the liberation of the German WWII concentration camps everyone was released except many gays who were transferred to other prisons. You'll have to pardon me for finding little joy and comfort in that. Are you sure you want to invoke Godwin's Law so early in our discussion?

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In order to serve, you can't be too fat, too tall, too short, mentally ill, crippled, too old, blind, deaf or a host of other items that the military renders incompatible with service.

DADT exists so that Gays and Lesbians can serve in the military, so the argument that they are somehow ineligible or that they are incompatible with serving in the military is completely without merit. Once again, the implication here is that there is something wrong with gay and lesbian service people.

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Sorry, that's just how it goes. The military's not a social experiment, it's there to fight and win wars.

I'm confused. Gays and lesbians live in the civilian world just fine. What is the social experiment you're referring to? The military is also not a place where religious views should hold sway, and yet soldiers are being punished for failing to attend mandatory Christian rock concerts with the goal of converting soldiers. The military is clearly not able to govern itself in accordance with the US Constitution.

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To reiterate, DADT is a great compromise between both sides. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it any less so.

DADT is discriminatory, unjust and unconstitutional. It's bad law, and bad policy. That's why I don't like it.

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Exercise your right to privacy and keep your sexuality to yourself.

Jay, do you have any concept of how homophobic, insulting, and ignorant this statement is? You're basically telling me to be silent, get back in the closet, and be fearful. Is that really your intent? And how does my "sexuality" offend you? Are you perhaps confusing sexuality with identity?

Straight couples can go anywhere they want holding hands and showing affection. Gay couples fear to hold hands in public because it could be the beginning of a hate crime. Straight couples "flaunt" their sexuality in public all the time. Why is that okay for them and not for me?

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EFM & Prisoner ID, we agree on gays/bi's being allowed to serve in the military but just differ on how they, and heteros as well, need to keep their private life, such as it exists in the service, just that...private.

When straight service people keep to the standards you're defining for gay service people, we can talk. Today service people talk about everything - their wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, kids, houses, extended family, and they also talk about sex. When you can control what all service people can talk about, this might be a worthwhile discussion. I don't see it happening.

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I'll take the fact that all of us, so far as I know, agree gays/bi's should be allowed to serve in the military as a good start.

Gays and lesbians are already allowed the serve in the military. That is not in dispute. It is the conditions and restrictions that they alone suffer under that are at issue.

Repealing DADT is about allowing the gay and lesbian service people that already serve to do so openly, just like their straight colleagues. That's seems to be where, inexplicably, we part company.

-efm

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#340856 - 09/26/10 11:05 AM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: Ever-fixed Mark]
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EFM & Prisoner ID

Thank you for the lively discussion. My involvement online ends here.

If you wish to continue this offline, please feel free to do so.

I know that most of us here can handle this type of charged discussion but there are some brothers who can't for whatever reason and that's okay.

Take care and have a great weekend.

Your brother,

Jay

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#340858 - 09/26/10 11:10 AM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: westsidej]
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Jay -

Thanks, I hope you have a great weekend as well. I think soon I am going for a nice drive to enjoy the weather - it is in the seventies here. Rock on!!!


Later,

Daryl

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#341500 - 10/05/10 09:10 PM Re: Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell [Re: prisonerID]
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To a comment about the fact that a superior officer cannot date someone of a lower rank that is under their command, I want to point something out in the form of a question. Can a gay man or a lesbian date anyone of the same gender, in or out of their unit without being punished? That is not equality.

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