Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says it isn't necessary for him to speak with gay troops who could inform him about military life under the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. "Why should I, that would be nuts," McCain said in response to a question about whether his determination that the policy is working well was reached after consulting with gays in the armed forces.
Gay supporters on the left and anti-gay activists on the right should understand that contemporary LGBT activists seeking marriage equality, the right to adopt children and the opportunity for military service have much more conservative goals than their forebears, James Kirchick writes. Kirchick also argues that liberals should be glad for gay conservative groups that are trying to change the Republican Party from within.
Solicitor General Elena Kagan, a leading candidate to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, is already seeing opposition from anti-gay groups, who fear her stated opposition to the military's ban on openly LGBT troops means she also favors full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Kagan, who previously served as the dean of Harvard Law School, has said she does not believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to marry.
A gay U.S. Army psychologist, writing under the pseudonym "RD," recounts his service in Afghanistan and his surprise at discovering that religious fundamentalism there is similar to anti-gay religious thinking in the U.S.
Restore Equality 2010, a group working to repeal California's marriage-equality ban, said it was not able to gather the necessary number of signatures to get a question on the 2010 statewide California ballot aimed at repealing Proposition 8. Organizers vowed to contribute to the effort to get a similar question on the 2012 ballot.