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Actor and Director Rob Reiner Talks LGBT Equality: “We Have To Keep Fighting!”

Reiner:“We view this as the last leg of the civil rights race we’re running… The gay community is the only community in America that is viewed as less under the law of any group so this last little piece that we can hopefully put in place with our federal court challenge to Prop 8… There’s still a lot of work to be done and I don’t want anybody to think that we’ve won this. By no stretch of the imagination have we won this. Years from now we’ll look back and say, ‘what was all that fuss about?’ People will look back and say, you mean there was a time that women couldn’t vote? There was a time that blacks couldn’t vote or blacks couldn’t marry whites? I mean, we look at those things as ridiculous now and we will look at this as being ridiculous but right now we’re in the middle of a fight and we have to keep fighting… We’re going to win this, but we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.”Emmy-winning actor, director and activist Rob Reiner on Stephanie Miller’s Talking Liberally  (Click the link to hear the full interview)

Reiner is an American Foundation for Equal Rights board member and was one of the major financial backers of the fight to overturn Prop 8 in California.

"Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" Ruling Reactions: The Good, The Bad, and the BIZARRE!

Here’s a  look at the reactions that are coming in to yesterdays ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips that #DADT is indeed Unconstitutional.

THE GOOD
American Foundation for Equal Rights “Today’s court decision declaring “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” unconstitutional is yet another significant and long-overdue step toward full equality for all Americans. Along with the recent federal court decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8, it is clear that our nation is moving toward the day when every American will be treated equally under the law, as is required by our Constitution.”

Stonewall Democrats
“Today’s Federal court decision calling the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy unconstitutional on grounds that it violates gay military members’ rights to free speech, due process and open association is another nail in the coffin of the policy.” Mitchell continued, “We’re glad that the Federal court agrees with President Obama’s position: that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell needs to come to an end. Our Senators need to hear from their constituents demanding repeal. We also call on Senate Republicans to rise above the obstructionism they’ve been playing at for months and let a vote happen on what the vast majority of Americans want: repeal of DADT.”

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network
We’re pleased by the judge’s decision, but this decision is likely to be appealed and will linger for years. Congress made the DADT law 17 years ago and Congress should repeal it. The Senate will have the opportunity to do just that this month and most Americans think the Senate should seize it.”

Human Rights Campaign
I’m not posting tthe HRC’s response because I no longer recognize them as a true LGBT Rights Organization and I really don;t give a fuck what thopse posers have to say.
 

THE BAD
 
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (aka Princess Tiny Meat)
“It is hard to believe that a District Court level judge in California knows more about what impacts military readiness than the service chiefs who are all on the record saying the law on homosexuality in the military should not be changed. Once again, homosexual activists have found a judicial activist who will aid in the advancement of their agenda. This is a decision for Congress that should be based upon the input of the men and women who serve and those who lead them.”
 B. Daniel Blatt: Gay Patriot Blogger, GOProud member and all around asshole
“Here we go again. While I believe DADT should have been overturned years ago, I don’t believe it is a court’s role to determine military policy. Let’s just have Congress overturn this law to avoid a prolonged legal battle. [snip] From a quick scan of the opinion, my sense is the judge relies less on the actual text of the constitution and more on twisting past rulings to yield the result she wants.”
 
THE JUST PLAIN BIZARRE!
  (The National Organization For Marriage Supports The DADT Repeal?)

*One Man-One Woman is an astroturfing group of NOM run by one of its high ranking members.