You may not be following the kerfuffle around the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't tell (DADT) in the current defense bill. Here are a few facts.
1) President Obama (the Fierce Advocate) said in his State of the Union address that DADT should be repealed.
2) General Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agrees.
3) So do 70% of Americans
4) Republicans in Congress are upset, and instead of repeal, put a statement in the Defense Appropriations Bill that says there should be a study. The Defense Appropriations bill has a not-quite-repeal provision that calls for a study.
5) The Pentagon had a study, and finds that (surprise!) 70% of military folk agree with repeal. (Aside: this agrees with our experience. My stepdaughter has dated a number of young men in the Marines or in the Navy who have said to a one that yes, they have gay comrades, and who cares?)
6) Sen John McCain promises to filibuster to prevent the Defense Appropriations Bill and its not-quite-repeal, and Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, might eliminate this provision from the bill
Yesterday, a group of activists including veterans Dan Choi and Autumn Sandeen, chained themselves to the White House fence in protest of the lack of Fierce Advocating.
I want to point out to you Fr Geoff Farrow, who was relieved of his duties as an RC priest in California when he refused to "toe the line" supporting Prop8. Fr Geoff was arrested too. Look at that picture.
H/T my cousin Julie who posted this on FB and this site for this amazing photo