May 13, 2010
Military bloggers: repeal DADT
The New York Times reports that a group of military bloggers -- described as "often hawkish, critical of White House and military leadership, devoted to both the First and Second Amendments," and an "increasingly powerful voice from the ranks" -- have signed a statement calling for the end of the military's anti-gay Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.
The text of the bloggers' statement is as follows:
We consider the US military the greatest institution for good that has ever existed. No other organization has freed more people from oppression, done more humanitarian work or rescued more from natural disasters. We want that to continue.
Today, it appears inevitable to us that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy and law restricting those displaying open homosexual behavior from serving will be changed. And yet, very little will actually change. Homosexuals have always served in the US Military, and there have been no real problems caused by that.
The service chiefs are currently studying the impact and consequences of changing the DADT policy, and how to implement it without compromising the morale, order and discipline necessary for the military to function. The study is due to be completed on Dec. 1st. We ask Congress to withhold action until this is finished, but no longer. We urge Congress to listen to the service chiefs and act in accordance with the recommendations of that study.
The US Military is professional and ready to adapt to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell without compromising its mission. Echoing Sec. Def. Gates and ADM Mullen, we welcome open and honorable service, regardless of sexual orientation.
May 12, 2010
The Specter of a Lesbian Supreme Court JusticeOur colleague Ruthann Robson collects more commentary on the speculation about Elena Kagan's sexuality and links to her (that is, Ruthann's) 1993 article discussing The Specter of a Lesbian Supreme Court Justice.
Andrew Sullivan makes the case here for why it's appropriate to ask about Kagan's sexuality. In brief: if she is gay, it would be appalling to use this nomination to advance the politics of the closet.
May 10, 2010
Kagan and the lesbian rumors
Several blogs have coverage and commentary (see, e.g., here, here, and here) regarding rumors that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is gay, whether it matters, and what it says about leading gay groups and the White House that they rushed to deny the rumors as if they were a slur.
Kagan and the Solomon Amendment
Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSBlog has a good account of Harvard's response to the Solomon Amendment (which punished universities and their law schools for expressing opposition to the military's anti-gay personnel policy) during Elena Kagan's tenure as dean. (Scroll down to the subhead "The Solomon Amendment").