The question stands: Will President Obama (the first openly Black man to become President of the United States) nominate the first openly gay man to the position and CHANGE the discourse in America? We shall find out if the rhetoric throughout the campaign was sincere.

Last December, The Washington Times reported that some top retired military leaders and some Democrats in Congress backed William White, COO of the Intrepid Museum Foundation located on the Hudson River pier in NYC, to be the next Secretary of the Navy -- a move that would put the first openly gay person at the top of one of the services. Since the secretary's job is a CIVILIAN position, the nomination would not run afoul of the ban on gays serving in the military, but it would renew focus on the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

As expected, the consideration is sparking loud resentment from anti-gay conservatives such as Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, a nonprofit policy organization that opposes service by gays. Today, Newsday reported that Ms. Donnelly’s rationale for opposing the nomination is because his appointment would complicate the debate in Congress over gay men and women serving in the military, and whether the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy should be repealed. Donnelly said having White named to the post "would make it more difficult for Congress to look at this issue rationally."

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Comment by Jamie on February 2, 2009 at 6:44pm
If this is a civilian positions, then why does it matter?
Comment by Alfredo Murga, Esq. on February 4, 2009 at 12:30am
you're right. it has no legal consequence but it will be ironic that the head of a major arm of our Defense could be headed by a man who can not serve openly in it.
Comment by Saffo on February 11, 2009 at 10:42am
I dont WANT queers in the military. And I don't think we should be oganizing for our right to fight and die for empire. People struggled and fought so hard to allow black people into the military-- and now we've got vastly people of color fighting and dieing in Iraq and Afghanistan for a war to profit rich white people. Well, I don't want queer people doing the same. If anything, for the inevitable day when they reinstate the draft, I want a way out.

It's not just an "equal rights" issue when you're talking about the right to murder Iraqis. Queer people have no reason to fight and die for this empire that oppresses us all.
Comment by Alfredo Murga, Esq. on February 11, 2009 at 11:39am
Unfortunaely, every society needs an army; and you are right, an empire uses its armed forces on a whim, just like King George did. Obama campaigned to get us out of the war on day ONE of his administration. it was a catchy line. But we suffer from amnesia and have accepted his position that withdrawal will take time. TRANSLATION, we will be there until 2016. We have the largest US Embassy under construction in Iraq. We are not going anywhere!

As for serving in the army. I disagree with your opinion. As you know, many LGBT individuals WANT to serve in the army. It's their choice. And their inclusion into Army, a necessity for any civilization, will foster the aceptance that we are strviing for. although i disagree with the current use of the military in foreign affairs, i don't beleive that we should be shunned from the agency.

The problem with W's administration (one of many) is that he regarded himself as the country's commander-in-chief. He said it repeatedly and no one critiqued him. He was not MY commander-in-chief or yours. Let's hold Obama accountable for his use of the army in his administration.


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