I love kissing. In fact, I was just telling my boyfriend the other night that it's one of my favorite pastimes to enjoy with him (who needs baseball?). And the government used to love that I loved kissing. In fact, it titillated them so much that they were just a little bit scared. But suddenly, the Bush Administration isn't so interested in the whereabouts of my tongue, and as a result, several people at the Pentagon are probably out of a job now.
It wasn't so long ago that the Department of Defense considered a same-sex kiss nothing less than an act of potential terrorism. As Servicemembers Legal Defense Network first learned in December 2005, the DoD was using its now infamous TALON database to peep into keyholes across the country. Then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was satisfying his voyeuristic fetish by sending government agents to check-in on anti-war protestors, Quakers and gays. After looking in on one "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" protest on a university campus, the Defense Department labeled the demonstration a potential terror threat.
Was Al Qaeda on campus? Had the insurgency infiltrated the commons area? No . . . it was even worse. A few LGBT students decided to hold a kiss-in while calling for repeal of the military's ban on gays.