December 19, 2010
By Adam Bink
I drank from the keg of glory last night, and it was was, well, glorious. Thus, I’m now sitting down to try brunch at a local cafe and type up some post-vote coverage tidbits I thought you’d find interesting.
- AMERICABlog’s Joe Sudbay, a member of our coterie of bloggers working hard to repeal DADT, was on CNN with Justin Elzie. Great interview.
- And HRC’s Eric Alva, one of the best spokespeople around. He became disabled in the line of duty but can’t continue to serve his country. That will change soon.
- And the post-vote press conference by Senators who led the way (h/t LLB):
- Reading around mainstream traditional media coverage this morning, I notice a lot of emphasis on the discrimination/second-class citizens/Obama fulfilling a promise to a core constituency, the gays. Let’s not forget that ending this policy will start to strengthen our military the way it has strengthened armed services in other countries. 14,000 discharged. We have to recruit former convicted felons, people who perhaps aren’t as sharp educationally speaking as those who were discharged. We’ve wasted billions on discharge investigations and court-martials. While people like McCain were grandstanding on and on about unit cohesion, disrupting a unit by kicking out a member over an e-mail from his boyfriend back home sure sounds like disrupting cohesion to me. Sure, discrimination must be ended, but there are two aspects of why this is good for America.
- Speaking of McCain, one more reason to get involved in presidential elections is considering what life would have been like under a McCain administration when it comes to this. People often mock the “it would have been worse under McCain” point when Obama is governing like a Conservadem, but sometimes you really do have to stop and consider it.
- Speaking of Obama, the White House released this photo of him making calls to Senators yesterday.
Now our President has to make sure Gates and co. don’t drag this out. As do we.
- If you want to look at the final passage roll call, it’s here.
- There’s an interesting piece in the L.A. Times noting how countries that have enacted marriage equality have ended their military bans on open service first. That’s part of a longer discussion post I’ll try and sit down to write in the next few days, but I think the general point that lawmakers and judges often look at how sexual orientation is treated in other parts of society is absolutely correct. And by the way, repeal of DADT will help the push for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well.
Enjoy the round-up, add some more links if you think they’re worth sharing, and leave a comment on how you celebrated yesterday! Happy Sunday!