Elton John’s baby is too controversial for Arkansas

UPDATE: Harps Food reports that it has uncovered Elton and his family.
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RadarOnline reports that covers of US Weekly, with Elton John, husband, and their child on it, have been covered up in supermarkets in Arkansas, “to protect young shoppers.”

I’m sorry, I know a number of you are from the South, but why does this bigoted, backwards, narrow-minded behavior nearly always happen down there?




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Another polls show DADT repeal is not controversial for the American people

Repeal of DADT has gone way past the point of debate. An overwhelming majority of Americans support allowing gays and lesbian to serve openly. It’s only controversial for the fringe right-wing hate groups, like the Family Research Council, General Amos and most GOP Senators. Via Ed O’Keefe:

Nearly eight in 10 Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The results signal continued widespread public support for ending the military’s 17-year ban on gays in the military and come as Congress prepares to vote again on legislation ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

Overall, 77 percent of Americans say gays and lesbians who publicly disclose their sexual orientation should be able to serve in the military. That’s little changed from polls over the two years, but represents the highest level of support in a Post-ABC poll. The support also cuts across partisan and ideological lines, with majorities of Democrats, Republicans, independents, liberals, conservatives and white evangelical Protestants in favor of homosexuals’ serving openly.

NOTE to all White House staffers (including the President), Hill Staffers, Senators and traditional media types: DADT repeal is NOT controversial. Got that? It’s NOT controversial. As Dan Savage said so perfectly back in August when a similar poll came out:

If This Fruit Were Hanging Any Lower…it would be a f-ing potato.

That our leaders can’t get something with such strong support passed says a lot about our leaders.




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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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McConnell: DADT is ‘controversial’ (but, that’s only because of GOPers)

Here’s video of Minority Leader Mitch McConnell talking about the Defense Authorization bill and DADT at his Capitol Hill presser today:

More from Kerry Eleveld, who was also at the press event:

McConnell, who spoke to reporters shortly before Reid, said the bill included several items that made the legislation “needlessly controversial,” including the repeal language and the DREAM Act.

“There are a number of elements in that bill that have nothing to do with defense,” he said, adding that the repeal provision allows “eliminating ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ without the study” from the Pentagon due out in December.

But he did not say one way or the other whether Republicans would filibuster the legislation.

“I can’t tell you right now how easy it will be to move forward with that bill,” he said.

When Reid was asked if he had the 60 votes to break the filibuster, he responded, “We’ll sure find out.”




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