“A minority of Senators were willing to block this important legislation largely because they oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law, a step supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and informed by a comprehensive study that shows overwhelming majorities of our armed forces are prepared to serve with Americans who are openly gay or lesbian. A great majority of the American people agree. This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equality.
“I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.” – President Barack Obama, in a press release expressing his “extreme disappointment.”
Now host John Quinones and his team have used their lenses to explore how the public behaves when they see parents reproaching a son who has just come out. The reactions are varied, and the entire scenario, however fabricated, unsettling.
While some of the unsuspecting subjects sit quietly as a father tears into his child, a few brave souls stick up for the teen, with one woman quite rightly telling the man his outburst has pulled the whole cafe into their business, and he needs to be a more supportive father.
More people seem willing to get involved when the father’s replaced by a mother, and the actress in that situation gets quite an earful from a few of the cafe’s customers.
As always when watching these sociological specials, the viewer’s forced to ask how they themselves would react in this situation. And, as a bonus question, would the parent’s gender impact your decision?
Well, sort of. Here’s what an unnamed flack just said on the president’s behalf: “The President has spoken out in opposition to Proposition 8 because it is divisive and discriminatory. He will continue to promote equality for LGBT Americans.”