In last week’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama renewed his promise to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell — the US policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Canada repealed its ban back in 1992. A study in 2000 found that Canada’s decision had no effect on “military performance, unit cohesion or discipline.” But US anti-gay bigots continue to argue that a repeal of the ban would have negative consequences. Riiight.
Committee hearings this week brought out some of the craziest anti-gay US politicians. A highlight of the absurdity:
Skip ahead to the 4:40 mark: “[With] the military fighting two wars and now responding to a new mission in Haiti, now is not the time to make such a big change to military policy,” says Republican senator Jeff Sessions.
Comedian Jon Stewart slammed Sessions with a mocking impersonation: “I think the time to do this would be when everlasting peace comes over the land!” Later, Stewart took on John McCain for supporting DADT and then jokingly calls for a ban on old people serving in the US senate. Hilarious!
And if you haven’t seen it already, check out this satirical news report from the Onion: “Gays Too Precious To Risk In Combat, Says General.”