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10/21/2013

Support gay soldiers, undermine homeland security?

by Jeremy Hooper

Unknown-16Elaine Donnelly, professional sayer of things that she thinks might make the military (and society) more anti-LGBT, is back to beat the poor deceased horse that is Don't As Don't Tell. In her latest, Donnelly is going after Jeh Johnson, President Obama's nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, precisely because Johnson dared to side with the majority of the public and support gay-inclusive military service. Donnelly says Johnson can't be trusted:

He cannot be trusted with national or homeland security matters,” she tells OneNewsNow. “Jeh Johnson [as co-chair of the study on implementing the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’] presided over the deception of Congress on the consequences of what should be called ‘LGBT law’ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender law and policies." [ONN]

Oh please. If you're talking about Homeland security, then yeah, I totally know a gay guy or two who will threaten to spoil Carrie Mathison's plot lines with his gossipy mouth. But when it comes to the nonfictional homeland and its literal security? Neither LGBT people nor our supporters are the catastrophic WMD that rhetoric like Elaine's so desperately wants us to be.

I have a feeling that Ms. Donnelly will continue to fight this, her already-lost DADT fight, for many more years to come. If that's how she wants to waste her time, then that's totally her prerogative. But she might be surprised to find that supporting this fair and publicly backed policy is not a political albatross that is going to besiege many political careers to come. The greater liability will come to those who backed her pro-discrimination stance. Whether or not she ever chooses to realize that is irrelevant. Everyone else is starting to.

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