Not that GOProud’s endorsements carry much weight (besides getting GOProud’s name in a couple wire reports), but last month the Jimmy LaSalvia and Christopher Barron cabal announced it would back Sean Bielat, he of the “dancing Barney Frank” ad, in the Massachusetts House race. Now is that because Bielat does not support openly gay Americans serving in the military (because, like those under 5-foot-2, military service is off limits), or because Frank — after promising not to take campaign cash from bailed out banks — accepted some $40k from those tied to bailed out banks?
Bielat’s argument, if you can call it that, was made before reporters at the Boston Herald, and it’s a familiar one: Certain immutable characteristics prevent military service, and there’s good reason for it. “There’s no absolute right to serve,” says Bielat, a Marine vet. “Men under the height of 5 feet, 2 inches can’t serve — I don’t see anybody protesting. Where are the people standing in front of the White House, the short guys standing in front of the White House? You don’t see it.”
Once upon a time, one of the immutable characteristics limiting service was “having a vagina.”