An awesome thing (with bonus rant)

Dec 22 2011 Published by under awesomeness, queer

A couple of days ago The Guardian posted a picture of the first same-sex couple taking part in the Navy tradition of raffling off the first homecoming kiss. The photo has gone viral, even making it onto Obama's Tumblr (where it has gotten a lot of "likes", which is nice). Even though you have probably already seen it, here it again:

Photograph: Brian J. Clark/AP

Fuck Yeah! One of the great things that happened in 2011, IMO, was the repeal of DADT. And it just heartwarming to see these women, both in the military, take part in a really touching Navy tradition. And there was cheering!

But don't forget...every GOP candidate for POTUS has said they will reinstate DADT. Newt Gingrich, a front-runner of sorts, went so far as to tell a gay Americans not vote for him (no problem!).  And Santorum (who has a history of saying ridiculously homophobic things) can't imagine why a gay person would vote for him (finally something we agree on!). Rick Perry made a video in an attempt to out-stupid everyone else in the field. I could go on, of course, but looking up all these links is making me stabby. The fact is that every GOP candidate is against equality for LGBT citizens, or at least feels like they can use the issue as red meat for the GOP base. But some folks are pushing back, and these candidates have been having to defend their positions on the campaign trail. Including Mitt Romney, who had a fantastic interaction with a gay vet in a diner in NH. And there is other good news from 2011. For example, this year, for the first time, the majority of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage. And the demographics make it clear that this trend will continue. In the mean time, I hope that every American comes to the conclusion that they shouldn't vote for someone that can't won't even pretend to represent all Americans as POTUS.

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