Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lifting "don't ask don't tell" logically demands debate on federal recognition of gay marriage

Kerry Eleveld, Washington correspondent for The Advocate, contributed an op-ed Friday in the Washington Post, “Next up for Obama: Marriage inequality for gay Americans”, link here

Eleveld points out logical inconsistencies in the end of “don’t ask don’t tell” and a position that as recently as 2008 actively supported civil unions only, a concept or construct not recognized by the military.  The end of DADT logically requires a discussion of the federal recognition of gay marriage rights. Of course, you can put this logic into contraposition (remember that in Plane Geometry?) and go back to “dire” predictions in the dissent in the 2003 “Lawrence v. Texas” opinion. But slippery slopes shouldn’t stop you from doing the right thing; you just need the right kinds of skis (“graduated length method” of gay rights). So goes "The Gay Agenda". 

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