A t-shirt sends a silent message as protesters deliver petitions demanding that Rep. Ike Skelton apologize from comments characterized as offensive to gays.It was heartening to see the Clinton-era Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy repealed this weekend. I just don’t understand how such tacit, irrational discrimination could have existed for so long.  I’m happy to see one small step toward social justice made; it renews the spirit to keep pushing for the myriad more steps that need to be taken. Not surprisingly, old guard privileged white men, like John McCain, still maintained opposition to it. (The more I learn about McCain’s” beliefs“, the closer he approaches Palin in my increasingly lower estimation. I’m so glad we collectively dodged that bullet.) Thankfully, Congress ignored this minority of bigots in favor of the large majority of almost every pertinent group, including top military brass and even people against gays in the military,  that wanted to get rid of this broken policy.

Jason Linkin at the Huffington Post had an eloquent and moving response to the repeal. One thing that I learned from that article was that DADT was originally implemented after a gay U.S. Navy radioman was killed –beaten to death – by his fellow servicemen. This happened almost two decades ago and yet people are only now waking up to the very real danger of hate crimes against homosexuals – in the military and the general populace.

Now that a policy that the vast majority of people wanted repealed is gone, Congress will rest assured that it carried out the will of the people and get on with its other pressing business with lucid rationality, right? Oh, wait, I forgot we’re talking about Congress here.

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