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Pentagon to Start Accepting Openly Gay Recruits

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This post first appeared on Balloon Juice.

The Pentagon has decided to start processing gay recruits as the DADT overturn works its way through appellate courts. Consider the source, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he got this pretty much right:

R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, applauded the Pentagon decision as “a huge deal.” [...]

Mr. Cooper, a member of the Army Reserve, said that he was taking part in training last week at Fort Huachuca in Arizona when the injunction was issued, and that he was surprised by the lack of visible opposition or outcry.

He likened it to a “giant shoulder shrug of ‘so what?’ ”

Most of the people he was with, he added, were younger members of the service, and “a few people actually thought repeal had already occurred.”

Part of the reason that Congress has such a low approval rating is that issues like repealing DADT are the subject of drawn-out, high-drama debates for years after the majority of the population considers them settled. Debating whether DADT is a good policy is like debating whether we should go back on the gold standard or fluoridate water. It’s a subject for discussion among fringe nutcases, not members of the House and Senate.

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