Saturday, June 12, 2010

On DC Pride 2010 weekend, negative ruminations growl; Pelosi wants to hold ENDA to after repeal of DADT

The Washington Post, in a quasi-libertarian (or perhaps “lbertarianesque”) mood, has supported controversial and conservative Virginia attorney general Kenneth Cuccinelli in not joining 48 other states in a lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS for a demonstration at a soldier’s funerl, brought by the family of the soldier. The demonstrations, which the Post does call loathsome, are supposedly in response to the idea that gays serve in the US military and that the US tolerates homosexuality. The Post writes “The sensible way to deal with Mr. Phelps and his followers is by using the same regulations the authorities generally use to contain other obnoxious groups of protesters -- racists, neo-Nazis, skinheads. Keep them at a distance from which they cannot disrupt their targets, provide adequate police presence to deter violence, and let them spew.” The link for the editorial is here.

On the “negative” side, the Alliance Defense Fund, in conjunction with the “Family Research Council” says it has sent a letter claiming that repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” will affect the religious liberty of servicemembers (here ) (there’s a link to a PDF of a letter in February to President Obama). Everything said here sounds like red herrings: no soldier will be expected to participate in ceremonies contrary to his religious beliefs just because DADT is repealed.

Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade (aka DC Agenda) reports that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to vote on ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act for civilians) until Congress finishes the job on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell” – requiring a vote in the full Senate, link here.

Washington DC’s Pride celebration starts Saturday evening June 12 (with thunderstorms around) in the same general area that the World Cup gathering has just taken place. In Washington, in sports bars, people have already forgotten Stephen Strasburg to watch the soccer matches (and it’s took bad we won’t have ESPN Zone much longer.)

Picture: from 2008 Pride.

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