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March 1994: In with the lyin', out with Roseanne

by Jeremy Hooper

It was 15 years ago yesterday that two different "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" developments hit the American landscape.

(1) The military formally adopted the divisive compromise:

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(2) The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" episode of "Roseanne," the one wherein the title character smooched Mariel Hemingway, made its much ballyhooed television debut:

Two developments that surely annoyed both Darlene Conner and her out lesbian counterpart, Sarah Gilbert.

But now it's March 2009, a time for movement on both of these two fronts:

(1) Get rid of this military-weakening ban. A long overdue need that you can read all about in Nathaniel Frank's new book, Unfriendly Fire (in stores tomorrow).

(2) Get the "Roseanne" cast back together for a reunion movie! Seriously -- Metcalfe, Goodman, Goranson and/or Chalke -- this economy would seem to be the perfect time for you all to revisit Lanford, IL!!

Perhaps we can get Obama to address both matters? He is, after all, a Democrat from Illinois -- a combo that should heighten his interest in both fairness and the Conners!

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from PFLAG weekly letter. A little movement, hopefully a lot to come.

"On March 13th, PFLAG National Board Member, and Retired Air Force Colonel, Dan Tepfer will join veterans, advocates and allies from across the country on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Colonel Tepfer, who has written eloquently about the need to topple “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” will highlight the toll the military’s ban has on families. As a member of PFLAG’s Dayton, Ohio chapter, Colonel Tepfer has hosted standing-room-only discussions with military leaders, and publicly called for an end to the military’s second-class treatment of LGBT patriots. Now, he’s taking his message to Washington, to urge our elected leaders to pass the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would end the ban and open up our armed forces to lesbian and gay Americans who want to serve.

If you’ll be in Washington on March 13th, please plan to join me and Colonel Tepfer on Capitol Hill, and RSVP here.

Posted by: LOrion | Mar 2, 2009 1:39:50 PM

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