I loathe that I have to ask such a question.
Another great gay PR day for Obama. Check out what his National Security Advisor, James Jones, had to say on CNN’s State of the Union about DADT (Hat Tip Towleroad):
“The President has an awful lot on his desk. I know this is an issue that he intends to take on at the appropriate time. He has already signaled that to the Defense Department. The Defense Department is doing the things it has to do to prepare, but at the right time, I’m sure the President will take it on…Um, I don’t think it’s going to be — it’s not years, but I think it will be teed up appropriately.”
What does that mean? Who decides when it’s “appropriate”? What conditions have to be in place before it’s “the right time.” How much teeing up do you need to recognize there is no legitimate reason for the policy?
I hope that between The Dallas Principles and this weekend’s National Equality March, we really change the tone about these conversations. There is no “right time” other than now for full queer equality. I say “queer equality” because I’m talking about the whole community. Yes, we want marriage equality secured and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed. But those aren’t the only issues. We need fully inclusive nondiscrimination policies for employment (ENDA), housing, insurance, etc. We need anti-bullying protections and hate crime laws. And all of this needs to apply to both sexual orientation and gender identity. That’s what we’re marching for this weekend: full equality now.
I’m not saying queer civil rights and black civil rights are the same struggle, but I think Martin Luther King, Jr. was making a pretty good point about how he feels when he’s told to “Wait.”
“Wait” is no longer good enough.