Don't Ask Don't Tell Told Off

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The Week In Gay

Late yesterday, another radical hippie judge in California ruled that queers are protected by the U.S. Constitution. A lawsuit against the military ban on gay service members, Don't Ask Don't Tell, was ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment rights of gay people. The suit was brought by the gay Republican political organization known as the Log Cabin Republicans.

Seriously, Republicans again? Unlike Reagan/Bush pick Vaughn Walker, Judge Virginia Phillips was nominated in 1999 by Bill Clinton -- but gay Republicans filed this lawsuit. What the hell is going on lately? Hillary Clinton is going to have to rewrite her book from 1996 and change the title to It Takes a Republican.

Remember back in May, when the House of Representatives voted to repeal DADT? The repeal has been sitting around gathering dust, waiting for the Senate to take it up. And if they don't do it this month, it might not ever get repealed. Rep. Nancy Pelosi said that DADT would be a memory by the end of the year. That might be true, but it won't be because of anything accomplished by the Democratic majority in Congress or any action taken by President Obama.

Poor Nancy! As the news about the DADT decision was breaking, there was a demonstration in the Castro featuring members of Get Equal, One Struggle One Fight, and Pride at Work that blocked traffic on Market Street during the evening commute. Twelve people were arrested. The protesters seek the attention of Speaker Pelosi because of her lack of action in regard to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

I suppose some Republican evangelical Christian lunatic from the Phelps family will have to file a lawsuit to get ENDA enacted.

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On the marriage front, Catholic high school students in Springfield, Mass. demonstrated in support of a lesbian dean and athletic director who was pressured to resign from her position at the school because she married her partner. One student said, "They have people working for them who are divorced, they have people who are using contraceptives, they have students who go to the school that are pregnant and they don't make them leave."

Now that kid sounds like a real Republican.

The California Supreme Court (composed of 7 justices; 6 were seated by Republican governors) refused to hear the wails and cries from the Proposition 8 defenders who want to force Attorney General Jerry Brown (Democrat) and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Republican) to appeal (Republican-nominated) Judge Walker's decision.  Brown and Conan won't do it, and, so far, no one is going to make them do it.

Things just aren't going well for the anti-gays. They did have a special moment last weekend in Sacramento when they staged a freak out prayer revival starring Lou Engle and Tony Perkins. I'm sure they sold gallons of snake oil and healed dozens of lepers after praying for "women who'd had abortions, clergy addicted to pornography, bisexual women -- even middle-aged men who play video games." How inspirational! 

After all the praying and speaking in tongues they probably joined the Democratic Party.

This week's award in recognition of the unabated supremacy of one man/one woman marriage goes to Michael O'Connell and Jessica Vega from New York. Not only did they have a baby before being legally married (picture included), but Jessica told everyone she had leukemia and accepted gifts and cash and all kinds of booty for her wedding. But she didn't have leukemia. Now they are getting divorced. Traditional values: forced upon gays and flouted by straights.

To balance out the scales of straight supremacy, I close with an interview with James Franco from the Hollywood Reporter. Franco admits that he masturbates frequently -- sometimes four or five times a day. Oh James, you better be careful. People are going to start thinking you are a Republican.

Patrick Connors is an uppity fag that is going to think about James Franco more than usual this weekend.

Follow Patrick Connors on Twitter at @UppityFag and @TheSnitchSF     

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