Only in DC can an issue be controversial when 72% of Americans support it

For the past year, we’ve been hearing Democrats on Capitol Hill talk in code about the need to avoid “controversial” issues. One of those issues is always Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But, repealing DADT isn’t controversial for most Americans. They’re on our side — and have been. It’s just that DC-based Democrats are ingrained by staffers and consultants to think that gay issues are dangerous. The reality is that not ending DADT is the politically dangerous position. CNN’s latest poll shows 72% of respondents favor “permitting people who are openly gay or lesbian to serve in the military.” Only 23% oppose. Meanwhile, the same CNN poll also shows “Only a third of all Americans think Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for families regardless of how much money they make, according to a new national poll.” Yet, many of the same Democrats who think DADT is controversial are falling over themselves to accommodate that minority view. It’s pathetic how weak Democrats are. Just pathetic.
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CNN has featured a column on DADT from Justin Elzie and Tanya Domi.




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Mark Schauer Supports the Issues That Matter to LGBT Americans

The following comes from HRC Associate Director of Membership Operations, Jason Lott. Jason is just one of 30 HRC staff that will be on the ground in 16 states by Election Day, working with HRC-endorsed candidates and engaging our membership about the upcoming elections:

I just returned from a fantastic trip to Jackson, Michigan, where I was deployed to engage our membership for the upcoming fall elections. While out, I had the opportunity to talk with our members each day, making sure that they had everything that they needed for Election Day, and filling them in on HRC-endorsed candidates. My trip was a lot of hard work, but it is always worth it to be able to talk to our membership around the country to hear first hand the stories of LGBT Americans and our straight allies.

The election in Michigan’s 7th District is an important one. Tim Walberg has proven himself to be a complete opponent of equal rights for LGBT Americans. That is one of the reasons why I have joined volunteers in Michigan to support Mark Schauer. Schauer has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights – He voted for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the House, he voted for the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and he was a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Michigan voters want pro-equality candidates like Schauer representing them in Washington.

To me, the most memorable part of the experience was an afternoon conversation that I shared with a fellow volunteer. Having overheard me speaking of HRC during one of my phone conversations, a young man working on the campaign came over and struck up a conversation with me about HRC. During our conversation, he was excited about meeting someone from our organization and was eager to show me that he had a copy of our Resource Guide to Coming Out for African Americans. I was so excited to see that he not only had used this resource, but that he carried it in his bag with him. He told me that he was so glad to see that we were on ground in places like Michigan, and that he was grateful for the work we do, because it is still so hard for many in his community.

It is moments like these that I am so proud of the work that we do; not just support of pro-equality candidates during the fall, but of all of our work, and the real impact that we have on the lives of Americans across the nation.

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Government Seeding Americans With Gay-Causing MSG In Juice Boxes, Claims Rational Texas Radio Host

Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, of The Alex Jones Show, knows America's real problem isn't with more gays on television, but more gays in real life. Who's to blame? The government, of course: Jones says he's seen the documents proving the feds are engaged in a "chemical warfare operation … so that people don't have children." And how are they feeding distributing these nefarious nelly chemicals? By putting MSG in juice boxes! It makes dudes want to wear skirts and put on lipstick! Mr. Jones also happens to operate the websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com, which alternate between attacking Lady Gaga fans and pumping up gold prices. (Update: Appears this clip has been circulating for a few months.)

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90% of LGBT students harassed; similar percentage of Americans care more about Friday night’s game

New report:

The 2009 survey of 7,261 middle and high school students found that at school nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment at school in the past year and nearly two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation. Nearly a third of LGBT students skipped at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns.

STUDY: 9 OF 10 LGBT STUDENTS FACE HARASSMENT AT SCHOOL [GLSEN via Towle]

New sadly factual supporting evidence:

Same old negligence:

“We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled,” Focus on the Family education expert Candi Cushman told the Post. Cushman worried over the public school system’s portrayal of same-sex partnerships as normal and voiced concerns that Christian viewpoints would be interpreted as bigotry.

Focus on the Family: Anti-bullying efforts push LGBT agenda [Edge]




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Signorile explained the real impact of Mehlman’s actions on LGBT Americans

Mike Signorile provided much needed context to the discussion about Ken Mehlman. There were real, often harsh, implications for LGBT Americans. Here’s an excerpt of what Mike said:

But we cannot sweep under the rug what happened. I spent the day on the radio listening to people tell me about how their lives were destroyed in these campaigns in Arizona, people being forced to move, their neighbors turned against them. In Wisconsin, people’s homes defaced, their children attacked. These campaigns were brutal. They used homophobia, they used hate and they used religious bigotry. That needs to be addressed. He needs to be held accountable and history needs to record it. It cannot be swept under the rug.


Note that John King admits to being a friend of Mehlman. You have to wonder how many of those insider media types knew Ken was gay, but either “protected” him or were strongly encouraged not to report it. I suspect Mehlman’s news wasn’t news to many of them.




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Dear future Americans with itchy bias bones: Discrimination never, ever, ever pays

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell expert (and all-around good guy) Nathaniel Frank sent us his new report detailing the costs that this unwarranted discrimination poses to military readiness, cohesion, morale, taxpayer dollars, privacy, and the military’s reputation in general. Not to mention advice regarding the relative trendiness of Uncle Sam’s hat, which, while not mentioned in Frank’s report, is an opinion well that would surely benefit from the fair inclusion of the population sect that’s more than proven its heightened concern and knowledge for haberdashery. There are wins to be had from head to wallet to combat boot!

Check it out:

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CNN poll: nearly half of Americans support marriage equality

What percentage of support for the right to marry will it have to reach before the “Fierce Advocate” removes the Cowardly Lion suit?

Nearly half of all Americans think the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

Forty-nine percent of respondents think gay and lesbian couples have the constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law, while 51 percent say those rights do not exist.

The gap widens dramatically when age is taken into account. Nearly six in ten Americans under the age of 50 say gay rights are protected under the Constitution. Only 38 percent of Americans over the age of 50 say the same thing.

“This is one of the few instances when independents side with one party rather than falling in between the Dems and the GOP,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “56 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents think the Constitution conveys the right to marry to same-sex couples. Only a quarter of all Republicans agree.”


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