Honestly, I wouldn't have thought that Pace's comments that gays are immoral would have caught so much attantion in the news cycle. I'm not all that old, but I still remember a time when even showing the gays on TV was risque and had to happen after "The Family Hour" (usually it was SNL making an anal sex joke...). So for a bunch of editorials to come out this morning in opposition to Pace's comments is really quite surprising. I'll take it as a positive sign of the times. Here's a sampling:
- The Washington Post used it as a stepping stone to talk about DADT, which it said "made no sense in a time of peace. It is absurd in a time of war."
- USA Today points out that in a Zogby poll of troops who served in Iraq or Afganistan, "73% said they are comfortable in the presence of gays,", and the Pew Research Group found "60% in favor, up from 52% in 1994," of Americans in support of repealing DADT.
- Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) wrote that he has "had the rich satisfaction of knowing and working with many openly gay and lesbian Americans, and I have come to realize that 'gay' is an artificial category when it comes to measuring a man or woman's on-the-job performance or commitment to shared goals."
- The Chicago Tribune points out the cost of DADT: "A Government Accountability Office study last year said the military has spent $191 million to recruit and train replacements for gays who have been kicked out since the policy took effect. Last year, 742 were removed."
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencer points out the hypocrisy: "Anyone who has ever lived on or near a military base can attest to the rampant extra-marital lechery that takes place, which is acceptable, we suppose, because we're talking about heterosexuals here."
- The San Francisco Chronicle sticks to the task at hand and just asks for Pace to apologize, saying: "Worse yet, Marine Gen. Peter Pace did not have the class to apologize or to retract his offensive statements Tuesday."
- And The New York Times chimed in with reminding us that his comments literally add insult to injury:
They carried a special measure of hurt coming from the nation's highest military officer when thousands of gay men and lesbians are serving their country in Iraq.
And that's just newspaper editorials for today. I'd say between this, the new Democratic Congress, and Rep. Marty Meehan's (D-MA) proposed bill, this is shaping up to be the year DADT is repealed.