Yet again, George W Bush’s anti-gay policies are hurting the American public. This time by denying jobs to qualified people who happen to enjoy the company of people of the same gender:
Sure, we won’t be able to stop the next September 11 from killing perhaps tens of thousands of people because we don’t have enough linguists to translate the terrorist chatter, but at least they stopped the gay linguists.
This comes on the heals of a report that the British have allows gay members of their military for as long as George W Bush has been in office, without the military turning into the Gay 90’s.
Far from causing problems, he said, he found that coming out to his troops actually increased the unitâ€™s strength and cohesion. He had felt uneasy keeping the secret â€œthat their boss was a poof,â€ as he put it, from people he worked with so closely.
Since the British military began allowing homosexuals to serve in the armed forces in 2000, none of its fears â€” about harassment, discord, blackmail, bullying or an erosion of unit cohesion or military effectiveness â€” have come to pass, according to the Ministry of Defense, current and former members of the services and academics specializing in the military. The biggest news about the policy, they say, is that there is no news. It has for the most part become a non issue.
John Aravosis from AMERICAblog thinks the NY Times article signals a possibility of a policy change, but I’m not that optimistic. George W. Bush came to power by bashing gays, and maintains much of his power through the same bigoted policies. If he really planned on moving that direction, he could consider placing a moratorium on firing people who are outed in the military, but that hasn’t, and is not going to happen on George W. Bush’s bigoted watch.
The country has come a long way on this issue during George W. Bush’s time in office. We have gay marriage and civil union statues in some states and the world hasn’t come to an end. Mary Cheney gave birth today and life continued as normal for everyone other than the White House who put out a photo of the happy couple with child . . . um, that is, the child without the happy lesbian couple . . . with heterosexual (or is asexual more appropriate?) Dick and Lynne Cheney posing with their grandson.
ThinkProgress breaks down how asinine George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s anti-gay policies are:
Under Virginia law, Maryâ€™s partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, â€œwill have no legal relationship with her child. She canâ€™t adopt as a second parent. She wonâ€™t have her name on the birth certificate.â€ President Bush will still not say whether or not he supports gay adoption.
The child’s grandfather has stated that his grandson, Samuel Cheney, has no legal relationship with his daughter’s partner of 15 years due to Virginia’s right to discriminate against same-sex couples.
That’s the world we live in today.
I mentioned the other day that if you’re the best at what you do but happen to be gay, don’t work for Tim Pawlenty and the state of Minnesota. Let’s extend that to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the rest of the Bush administration.