I'm sick and tired of politicians playing "kick the can" with the lives of gay and lesbian servicemembers, and it better stop soon. First off, the LGBTQ community is not a "can" and I for one am tired of being kicked - down the road or anywhere else.
As a former special operations officer, you bet I have an opinion on this, but I'll let others do the talking for me right now while I go punch a wall or two.
In an interview regarding Don't Ask Don't Tell on Sunday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that he and the president have "a lot on our plates right now. Let's push that one down the road a little bit."
I argued last year, as I am now, that I don't expect the Obama administration to tackle this particular issue at this particular moment in time. But I DO expect Don't Ask Don't Tell to be repealed THIS year. Enough is enough.
Nearly 13,000 gay and lesbian members have been kicked out of the military since DADT was enacted, including dozens of Arabic translators. Thousands more gay and lesbian servicemembers have died or been injured while serving their country - the same country that doesn't want to even acknowledge their existence.
The time for talk is over. The time for "kicking" issues regarding the LGBTQ community down the road until it is convenient is over.