In 1995, one year after the Clinton administration enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to address and reenforce the ban on openly gay military servicemen and women, then-representative Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered the following smack-down to then-representative Randall “Duke” Cunningham of California.
It’s worth a re-watch.
Sanders takes passionate objection to Cunningham’s language — “homos in the military” — and puts himself squarely in the corner of a then-unpopular minority (i.e. us).
“You have insulted thousands of men and women who have put their lives on the line,” Sanders argues.