Early on, anyone who didn’t agree with repealing DADT was quickly smeared as a bigot and a homophobe. Any suggested possible problems that could arise from the repeal, such as a negative effect on unit cohesion, were brushed off as excuses to justify hate. The advocates for repeal claimed they wanted tolerance for their lifestyles, but where was the tolerance for opposing viewpoints? It’s interesting how that works out — the people who claim to want tolerance the most usually end up as the least tolerant people out there.
Several days before the repeal this attitude was on display, as the Marine Corps Times, a popular newspaper that is sold on and around Marine Corps bases around the world, ran a cover story titled “We’re Gay, Get Over It.” The entire premise of the story revolves around the supposition that Marines are inherently homophobic, and serving alongside gay Marines is something that straight Marines will need to “get over.” I don’t think the gay Left realize that it has never been about the fact that someone is literally gay (believe it or not, most of the time they already know who in their unit is gay). If it was only about honorable service, then why does everyone need to know who is gay and who isn’t? Not only is everyone apparently required to know who is gay, they’re also required to approve of it — and thus, the thought policing begins. So much for tolerance.
HBO filmed a documentary titled The Strange History Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, claiming to tell the full story about DADT and the journey to repeal.
Of course, that’s not quite the truth. The channel makes no efforts to even pretend to give a balanced perspective on the repeal. On the website, the synopsis made that clear.
A timely and historical look at the legacy of gays and lesbians in the military, THE STRANGE HISTORY OF DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL illustrates the tumultuous evolution of the controversial policy that fostered hate and intolerance within the military – and undermined the very freedoms American forces defend – by forcing many soldiers to lie and live in secrecy.
They mention that, like the Marine Corps Times, they interviewed gay service members to get their opinions on DADT and the repeal. Apparently, the opinions of straight service members who might oppose the repeal were not wanted. So much for getting the full story.
What would a little agenda advancement be without a public display? At midnight on the day the repeal took effect, a gay sailor married his partner in a ceremony planned to coincide with the repeal:
Just as the formal repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy took effect, Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were married before a small group of family and friends.
The two men, who’d been together 11 years, decided to marry in Vermont in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.
That way, they were able to recite their vows at the stroke of midnight – at the first possible moment after the ban ended.
Lt. Ross wore his dress uniform for the ceremony. The Navy is now considering a proposal to allow chaplains to conduct same-sex civil unions.