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WATCH THE AD: WASHINGTON -- Fox News has rejected an advocacy group's ad on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), in which
Democrats, in both the White House and Congress, are still scarred by the Rovian tactics of the past, which successfully used gay rights as a wedge issue against them.
If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.
An Infantry commander and West Point graduate who deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan and received three bronze stars for his service is right now facing discharge for allegations that he is gay.
Only when it comes to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians does our country see fit to dole out rights to an oppressed minority by asking permission of the oppressing majority.
Yes Robert George, reason plays a role in deciding natural rights. But if we're going to use reason, let's use real reason, and not lean on our ivy-league credentials to pass off homophobia as genuine rationality.
Without explicit protection, gay troops could be fired for sharing their views and experiences with senators and representatives, since current law calls for discharging anyone who says they are gay.
Defenses of the military's gay ban have long been rooted in the moral belief that homosexuality is wrong, but its champions cast their defense of the policy in terms of the famous "unit cohesion" rationale.
Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after his refusal to hire a prostitute raised suspicions that he was gay. This is not an academic debate.
The president would rather punt "don't ask don't tell" to Congress, which is, incidentally, waiting for him to lead. No one wants to own gay rights.