Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Odd Juxtapositions

Remember how general John M. Shalikashvili recently called for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell? This is what he said:

I now believe that if gay men and lesbians served openly in the United States military, they would not undermine the efficacy of the armed forces. Our military has been stretched thin by our deployments in the Middle East, and we must welcome the service of any American who is willing and able to do the job.

Nice. Gay men and lesbians might get the same right to die in Iraq and Afghanistan as everybody else! But they cannot get married, except in Massachusetts, and even there the fight to "defend" marriage is well and alive:

"It's in the best interests of children and society for marriage to be defined as between a man and woman," said Glen Lavy, a senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, which strongly favors banning gay marriage. "The battle to preserve marriage in Massachusetts as between a man and a woman is alive and well."

Equal for war but not for love?