Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Asking And Telling = Bad. Gossip, Wishful Thinking And Conjecture = Maybe Okay.

The American military has stopped defending the logic behind their “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and merely says that it follows the rule because it’s the law. Likewise, the number of gays bounced from the military on such cases has dropped significantly from 2004 to 2005. In some instances, soldiers have not denied being gay – they just say that they’re indispensable to the team, and are allowed to remain onboard.

We’re not saying this is great. As Jack Twist would say, “This is a god damn bitch of an unsatisfactory situation.” But it’s better than it was. We never expected change to happen on a given day. We hoped that, over time, discriminatory policies would be proven to be faulty.

And every day we get to keep one of our boys in that open-air shower room with dozens of other marines is, let’s face it, a victory for our team. As Joey Tribbiani would say about sharing soap: “Next time you're in the shower, think of the first place you're washing, and the last place I washed.”

Oh we will. And meanwhile, where’s that conditioner…

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