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09/15/2010

Video: Gay servicemembers, R-OK

by Jeremy Hooper

Listen to Senator Inhofe (R-OK) waste fifteen minutes to express a position that, if we're being honest, really boils down to the very simple, "I just don't want gay people to be equal":

And once again, we don't hear any real acknowledgment of the actual real-life soldiers who are most directly affected by the policy. That's a pretty impressive feat, speaking for fifteen minutes without ever addressing the most pertinent aspect of the policy. But unfortunately, impressive in this case does not equal noble.

The bottom line: This repeal process is going about in a way that is so measured and so cautious, that the only people who should be offended are the ones who are seeing their basic citizenship subjected to debates and surveys and junk science. But the thing is: Despite our understandable gripes, most of us in the activist population are playing along as nicely as we can with this overwrought process, committed to getting rid of this discriminatory ban no matter what it takes. Yet to proud far-righties like Inhofe, it doesn't matter how "radical" or "agreeable" we may be. The goal on that side of the fence is to keep the political "culture war" alive for the social conservatives' continued financial and electoral benefit. What we actually say and do is of no concern -- their script is pre-written. And in this typical scrupt, we gay folk are merely the scapegoated monolith to be addressed in carefully workshopped talking points, and not flesh and blood humans who deserve nothing more or less than a fair and equal shake.

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