Yesterday should have been a landmark in the fight for equality. Instead, the Obama Administration and the Supreme Court collectively threw a pie in our face.
Just days after the President proclaimed June "Gay Pride Month", he once again took action to secure our time honored place in the back of the American bus. Publicly, he proclaimed "LGBT Pride Month", privately he proclaimed "Screw the Faggots."
Once again, Obama's gay-friendly words have nothing to do with his gay-bashing actions.
With one phone call the gay-friendly White House got the Supreme Court to turn its back on hearing a case on the constitutionality of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
The reason? Once again, the persistent claim on the part of heterosexuals that openly gay men and women serving in the United States military could pose a threat to national security.
It is a stunning supposition from our new progressive, gay-friendly administration.
The Supreme Court yesterday said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the military's policy.
The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. Pietrangelo then asked the high court to rule that the policy is unconstitutional.
The high court has decided that Don't Ask, Don't Tell does not deserve constitutional scrutiny--in the interests of national security.
In court papers, the Obama administration said the appeals court ruled correctly in this case when it found that "don't ask, don't tell" is "rationally related to the government's legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion."
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told the Associated Press, "The law requires the (Defense) Department to separate from the armed services members who engage in or attempt to engage in homosexual acts; state they are homosexual or bisexual; or marry or attempt to marry a person of the same biological sex."
Frankly, I am less concerned with this blatant disregard by the Supremes of their responsibility to protect the integrity of Constitutional principles than I am by the Obama administration's's disgusting and outrageous perpetuation of the notion that equality and honesty pose a threat to the stability of our troops.
It is an act of the most offensive kind of bigotry on the part of the White House.
It also begs a very unhappy question.
Have our troops been trained to fight for democracy or theocracy?
The Obama request to the Supremes suggests theocracy--which is a far bigger issue than openly gay troops. It suggests a military culture that is dominated by an Evangelical Christian point-of-view.
Once again, the Obama Administration speaks to gay rights with all the desired rhetoric but then delivers the goods to the Evangelicals. Last week he issued a Presidential declaration in support of Gay Pride Month. Yesterday, he wiped his ass with it.