It’s sort of hard to hear from gay military servicemembers when, uh, testifying before Congress would be a gross violation of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. So before we can even repeal the discriminatory measure, Congress is trying to pass another law — just to make it okay for these soldiers to tell lawmakers how terrible DADT is. It’s called the Honest and Open Testimony Act, and it was introduced today by Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings with 27 co-sponsors. As the Palm Center notes, “Because the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy requires the discharge of service members who acknowledge that they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual, the bill would serve as the first relaxation of the military ban in sixteen years.”
Can you imagine legislators having to pass a law so, say, Wall Street bankers could openly identify as Wall Street bankers to they could testify before Congress and plead for their help?