Some day, I hope, this won’t be a big deal

December 22, 2011

Two US Navy sailors shared a kiss at the docks the other day, celebrating the return of one from overseas duty. As you look at the picture, you might notice something unusual:

Yes, they’re both women. They met and started dating while at training school, where they kept their relationship quiet under the then-current “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Now that it’s been repealed, they can openly share their joy at reunion.

And I’m glad for them. Some people, to be sure, have problems with homosexuals serving openly in the military, or problems with homosexuality in the first place. As I said in a comment at Pirate’s Cove, where I first learned of this story,

…I couldn’t give a rat’s rear end whether a couple is gay or straight. In a world in which love and kindness are in such short supply, what I applaud is the happiness they’ve found with each other. What matters far more than their sexual preferences is the fact that both are in the military and both are willing to risk their lives for their country. I hope they have many wonderful years together.

And let me emphasize the point about their military service:

  • Both are non-commissioned officers in the United States Navy;
  • Both have sworn an oath to obey the lawful orders of their superiors;
  • Both have sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States;
  • Both are fire-control officers, meaning they’re trained for combat;
  • And both are willing to risk injury and even death in their nation’s service.

So, if they want to share a kiss to rejoice in a safe return, more power to them.

Petty Officers Gaeta and Snell, carry on.

PS: Some folks wondered if this was staged. Nope, Gaeta and Snell each bought raffle tickets for the privilege of having the official first kiss. The money goes to throw a Christmas party for Navy kids.

PPS: And just to get the obvious locker-room stuff out of the way, yes, they’re both very cute. NCO Gaeta, to be honest, is hot. But I would say the same things I wrote above about any gay couple in this situation; it’s their service, their dedication, and their character that counts, not their plumbing.

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None so reactionary as the tolerant Left

October 25, 2010

Tammy Bruce (bio) , an online talk-host, is an independent conservative and openly gay. For that seemingly odd mixture, she’s often found herself savagely attacked by people who used to be her allies when she was a liberal. In the UK’s left-leaning Guardian newspaper she talks about what it’s really like to be out, proud, and conservative:

Having made my point, I trust, I’ll now slip out of my snark suit and share a little secret with you. The real story of bigotry and intolerance is the fact that it lives and thrives on the left. As a gay woman who spent most of her adult life pushing the cart for liberal causes with liberal friends in a liberal city, I found that sexism, racism and homophobia are staples in the liberal world. The huge irony is liberals spend every ounce of energy promoting the notion that they are the banner carriers of individualism and personal freedom, yet the hammer comes down on anyone who dares not to conform to, or who dissents even in part from, the liberal agenda.

Think about what would happen if you did act up? If you dared to say you like Sarah Palin, or admire Margaret Thatcher, or think global warming is a hoax, or think Bill Clinton is a sexual predator, or that George W Bush isn’t to blame for everything, or that Barack Obama has absolutely no clue what he’s doing, you know there would be a price to pay. Odds are that your “liberal” friends would very liberally hate you. At the very least, being shunned would be your new experience, condemning you to suffer that horrific liberal malady called social death.

So, when it comes to my comfort level as a conservative who happens to be gay, here’s what I know: while many conservatives are people of faith and their religion promotes a very different point of view than mine on homosexuality (and a few other things!), I have found conservatives to be more tolerant, more curious and more understanding of those who are different to them than I ever did when ensconced in US liberal leadership.

It’s a good piece, and praise to the Guardian for being open-minded enough to carry it, something I doubt you’d find much of in the left-liberal mainstream media here in the US.

via Hillbuzz

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)