Isn’t this interesting….
Fewer Gays Being Discharged Since 9/11 – Washington Post (you have to be registered to view *sigh*)
This explanation from gay rights organizations in the Post article is the predictable story line….
Pressed for personnel since the battle against terrorism began, the military needs to keep its numbers up and is not discharging gays as it once did.
And here is the quote from the Human Rights Campaign.
“These falling numbers point to an erratically enforced law that needs to go,” said HRC’s David Smith.
But I would suggest there is another factor. And I have to give the credit to PatriotPartner for this…
President Clinton faced pressure to look conservative on gay issues. So, he signed DOMA, and instituted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But he also had to enforce DADT. So it seems to be the “erratically enforced” law (signed by Clinton) may have only been enforced by Clinton. But how come HRC doesn’t give any credit for year-to-year declines in DADT discharges to President Bush? Because they aren’t the non-partisan gay rights group they claim, of course. They are the gay rights mouthpiece of the DNC/Howard Dean with their black tie upper class gay social dinners.
Perhaps, as I have said before, President Bush could give a rat’s ass whether or not a productive person in his Administration or the US Armed Forces is gay or straight. So maybe they just aren’t enforcing anymore.
Yes, I believe a part of it is because of the strain on the military. But it isn’t the answer entirely. True blue conservatives don’t care about people being gay. In fact, they probably want to ignore gay issues. They don’t want sexual politics shown on the evening news at all. So why be surprised that under President Bush, the military’s gay discharges have hit an all-time low?
No one really cares if you do your job to the best of your God-given abilities! Unless of course you are interested in special gay quotas. But who would want that? Maybe upper class, fundraising, money grubbing Washington gay insiders?