Let's end Don't Ask, Don't Tell…finally

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We sure do wish Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” would address reproductive rights more…ever. Oh, well, nobody’s perfect. At least there’s one sexual issue they tackle well…and often: Gay rights. Over the past week, they’ve presented a few great bits on the topic, including “Queer & Loathing in D.C.” (above) and “The Radical Gay Agenda” (which covered last Sunday’s gay rights march in Washington). Before Obama spoke at a dinner for the Human Rights Campaign (an LGBT organization) this past Saturday, Stewart even made a plea to the president to end the unfair Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy (“The Gay After Tomorrow“).

Obama delivered a great speech at the HRC dinner, promising (albeit yet again) to be the one to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But he went the extra mile with the line “You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.”

So what’s the hold-up? Why are qualified people still being fired from the military for being out? Perhaps we the people haven’t been loud and proud enough about supporting equal rights for everyone. Fortunately, NY’s junior senator Kirsten Gillibrand has made this one of her big issues and she’s just given us an easy way to help end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. According to her website, she “has secured an agreement from Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, to hold the first Senate hearing on repealing DADT this Fall.” So in order to prepare for the hearing, Gillibrand is launching a nationwide petition — take a second and sign it now!


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