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A Year After Repeal Of DADT, Partners And Families Of LGBT Servicemembers Still Awaiting Benefits

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    • BJ McFrisky

      I can be pretty cynical about the gay community’s DADT hysteria, but this article seems to bring to light the underlying motivation behind this “movement”: Benefits. It wasn’t about rights or fairness, it was about getting free shit. Instead of proudly proclaiming their status as openly gay members of our military, instead they’re whining, “Where’s my free stuff? Why aren’t you giving me more?” Romney is right: Our entitlement mentality in this Obama-nation has truly become an abomination.

      Sep 20, 2012 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jwrappaport

      @BJ McFrisky: I can’t tell if you’re a troll or you genuinely believe in that nonsense. DADT repeal is precisely about rights and fairness – rights to the same benefits to which heterosexual servicemen/servicewomen are entitled, namely benefits conferred upon married couples. The entire gay rights movement is about substantive equality before the law – no more and no less than our straight counterparts have had since the Founding. Please explain how wanting the same benefits already provided by marriage recognition is akin to whining for free stuff. Again, we want nothing more or less than what is given to straight couples: if you want to move the baseline and deny everyone marriage benefits, fine, but you can’t equitably have it as a one-way street and discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

      That reminds me. Rosa Parks was also so whiney too – “Why can’t I just have the same treatment before the law that white people do?” And that Gandhi fellow – unbelievable that he felt “entitled” to self-government. The nerve of these people, thinking that they’re “entitled” to substantive equality before the law and basic freedoms every person should enjoy.

      Sep 20, 2012 at 11:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      Not a hollow victory. Just an incomplete one.

      Sep 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mlbumiller

      HM2(FMF)Ret….. I did my 20 years active duty Navy, and my partner spent 14 of them with me. Although he was not allow to go with me to Iceland for the 3yr stent there, He was denied updates to my deployment to Afghanistan. nor able to receive help from base when the bank that had my car loan refused to honor the power of attorny. Was no informed when and where we sould be arriving home. Upon my return form Afghan., he was denied access to the base, even though I had current base sticker on my vehicle, he was listed on title/registration and had a valid drivers lic. Fine if they do not was to give the finacial benefits because of DOMA, but we should be able to get all the others.

      Sep 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Bedwell

      First, note again, that the “T” has no place in your title because transgender people, as you know, can’t serve openly period.BUT…BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO for being the first gay media site in two years to point out to its readers that all of these issues—and solutions—were identified nearly TWO YEARS AGO.

      Thus, both Eileen Lainez and Jeh Johnson are shameless, goddamn liars at the expense of OUR tax dollars.

      It’s been more than a year since SLDN told the SecDef what he surely already knew. Even if he didn’t, when is our most highly funded organization allegedly dedicated to advocating for LGB service member equality [and, now, ostensibly T, too] going to stop simply waving their pink hankies—”Yoo Hoo, Mr. Secretary!”—and marshall the community and our straight allies to DEMAND these easy changes? As MA Gov. Deval Patrick said about Democrats: “It’s time to grow a backbone!”

      Sep 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Freddie27

      Don’t feed the troll!

      Sep 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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