Colin Powell Favors Repeal; DADT News Round-Up
February 3, 2010
Yesterday was obviously one of the most important days in the long fight to finally overturn the failed, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. Not only did we see two of our nation's military leaders speaking out for an end to the DADT, the moment also provided a national spotlight on the costs of the ban to our military, the widespread public support for repeal, the positive experience of our allied countries, and (last but not least) an opportunity to examine and debunk the claims of our opposition. Here are some of the highlights of the coverage:
- BREAKING: The New York Times is reporting that Gen. Colin Powell favors repeal and the plan outlined yesterday by Gates and Mullens.
- HRC President Joe Solmonese pens an op-ed on Huffington Post.
- The New York Times uses the opportunity to once again editorialize in favor of repealing DADT.
- Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote of Admiral Mullen's testimony: "If they awarded decorations for congressional testimony, Mullen would have himself a Medal of Honor."
- Andrew Sullivan provides a good summary of yesterday's instant reaction.
- Maureen Dowd gives her own hearing wrap-up in the Times.
- Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., resorted to bizarre fear mongering on NPR warning of opening the military to "transgenders" and "hermaphrodites".
- As we reported yesterday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in 2006 that when he heard from military leadership that it was time to repeal DADT, he'd take a serious look at it. Guess things change.
- And while not exactly on the topic of DADT, while being interviewed about the policy yesterday, the Family Research Council's Peter Spring says he favors criminalization of homosexuality. GoodAsYou has their usual spot-on analysis as well as some of Sprigg's other greatest hits.