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Don't Ask, Don't Live

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An article in this week's Huffington Post reports that "The White House declines to discuss court challenges during a summit with leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) officials." "Court challenges," "summit," LGBT "officials"??

This is a center-stage performance of how embedded and complicated legalized bigotry has become in this country. The gobblygookiness of what has been created out of simple discrimination is toxic and exhausting.

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Even worse is the rolling-of-the-eye response to gay outrage -- mild though it is -- and President Obama's patronizing insistence for gays to "have patience."

In other words, stand quietly in line while the truly important issues are granted their appropriate primary consideration.

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Discrimination is one of those clear-as-a-bell issues that doesn't require an advanced mind or degree to identify.

I must be missing something, because there is a constant government "investigation" into the famous campaign of prejudice under the absurd slogan, "Don't ask, Don't tell."

Exactly what is there to investigate?

Was there an investigation about segregated toilets and drinking fountains in the 1950's? Or did decent people recognize the just plain wrongness of the enforced hatred on display?

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Apparently, enough white people silently agreed to block black people from sharing their intimate spaces and freedoms. I am aware of the racism that lingers still all these years later. And yet, some of the very people who should understand persecution have their backs turned against caring for others who are marginalized.

I know this is terribly un-pc of me, but how sad that gay rights boils down to a military argument. Yes, I know that freedom has to start somewhere. It's just drastic that the disease of hatred in this country toward gay people is so extreme and so silently endorsed as to include even those gays risking their lives in the American military.

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