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  •  Not so much 'ignoring sexual orientation' -- (1+ / 0-)
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    -- as deeming it irrelevant in the context of 'soldier'.

    A gay soldier is no different from a straight one when it comes to soldiering. Ditto for schoolteachers and accountants and car mechanics and any other occupation or calling.

    Consider the following:

    This morning, I stepped out to get a haircut at my straight hairdresser's. My bisexual neighbour Mr Jones was weeding his lawn, and we greeted each other. On the way, I bumped into our gay pastor, and we discussed last Sunday's sermon, which the mostly straight congregation had enjoyed.

    You see? Sounds ridiculous. So if we didn't characterize them thus – gay, straight, so on – would we be 'ignoring sexual orientation'? I think not.

    Lay off the footwork and throw a punch! ~ Joe Bageant

    by gotgat54 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 01:46:43 AM PDT

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      We endeavor to drop the term "gay marriage" in favor of "marriage."

      It doesn't closet anyone entering into a "gay marriage." The thinking is it normalizes marriage by reinforcing the equivalency, not the difference. That is what I was getting at.

      "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."--Margaret Mead 

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 06:57:18 AM PDT

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      •  There are times when the orientation -- (0+ / 0-)

        -- needs to be stated. And vastly more times when it's not pertinent. The repeal of DADT should bring about a situation where the gayness or straightness of a soldier no longer matters. Exactly the way you don't expect to ever hear something like, "Hi, I'm Dave, I'll be your gay waiter", or "I'm Sal, and I'm a recovering lesbian alcoholic."

        I remember this bit in The West Wing where Josh asks Matt Skinner – a gay Republican congressman – how he can bear to align with a party that abhors and vilifies 'who he is'. "Congressman, you're gay! How can you be a member of this party?"

        The congressman says: "I agree with 95% of the Republican platform. Small government, local government. Fiscal responsibility. Individual rights rather than group rights. I believe that free markets make free people. And that the country needs strong national defence. My life doesn't have to be about being homosexual. It doesn't have to be entirely about that."

        Lay off the footwork and throw a punch! ~ Joe Bageant

        by gotgat54 on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 11:28:10 AM PDT

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