Yesterday the GOP heavy House Armed Services Committee approved a $553 billion defense budget that that provides a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, fund an array of aircraft, ships and submarines, and of course would delay the reversal of DADT allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military even after Congress passed the repeal and the major majority of American believe that gay men and women should be able to serve.
In a series of contentious votes, the panel added provisions that strike at repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. on a 33-27 vote, adopted an amendment by Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., R-Calif., that would require the four service chiefs to certify that the change won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight.
“I want them to sign off on the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,'” Hunter said of the military leaders, arguing that Obama never served in the military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen, has never been in combat and Defense Secretary Robert Gates is a political appointee.
Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top Democrat on the panel replied: That’s a dangerous thing to say, that they’re not quite qualified to make military decisions. The president decides to go to war, they decided to take out Osama bin Laden.”
Its not shocking that the GOP would try to do this. It’s sad, angering and just goes to prove that there is NOTHING worth saving in the Republican party. Liars, Hypocrites and Homophobes and those who aren’t are nothing more than lemmings who live in fear of their party.
Luckily the DADT timetable — plus opposition in the Democratic-controlled Senate will probably kill the GOP House’s provisions
And as much as it annoys me to say this because I truly feel that Obama and the Democrats have not done nearly enough, fast enough for the LGBT community and for our fight for Equality especially since they held both the House, Senate, and Presidency between 2008 and 2010. But this will always be a problem with out two party system. It will always come down to voting for the lesser of two evils.
We proved a point in the midterms, and we are living with the discomfort, but lets never let the Democrats forget that they cannot take our vote for granted again.. In 2012 the LGBT Community must vote Democratic again but with stipulations. We will only vote and back those with a progressive outlook and who are friends to our community prove that they believe in our equality.