Gays in the Military Becomes Major Campaign Issue
Gore & Bradley Affirm Repeal of Anti-Gay Policies
By Jack Nichols
During the previous night's Democratic debates between Vice president Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley, both men vowed to repeal exclusionary military policies unfairly and inappropriately working to the disadvantage of citizens wishing to serve their country.
The Republicans, however, turning into a fevered pack after initial remarks made by Gary Bauer, condemned the openly gay servicemembers in tones so extravagant it became clear they were also defending imaginary political stakes in which they thought an "ultra-masculine" image would count most
. In clumsy attempts to duck the issue with a status quo approach, both Arizona Sen. John McCain and Texas Gov. George W. Bush agreed that 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was working effectively, Candidate Alan Keyes, however, led in stridency, accusing the status quo supporters of condoning lying and insisting that the current policy be scraped and that an absolute ban on gays must be the order of the day.
Bauer, who led the GOP candidates' charge, called the principled Gore and Bradley positions the "most ridiculous" thing he'd ever heard. Bush, whose repertoire of replies found him stumbling, tried looking moderate, but ended allowing his agitated thoughts to wander noticeably.
Dr. Franklin E. Kameny, widely known as the Father of Gay Activist Militancy and who initiated attempts to change military policy in the early 1960s through The Mattachine Society of Washington, said:
"Since these venomously homophobic attitudes obviously carry over to all gay related issues and clearly represent the Republican Party, it is clear that no thoughtful, non-masochistic gay person has any choice but to support and to vote for a Democratic candidate."
Kunst's Miami-based organization, The Oral Majority, is issuing an invitation to both Democratic candidates Gore and Bradley to join in a protest march April 29 from the White House to the Pentagon.
"We must not allow these sexually-insecure Republican bigots to prevail," Kunst insists.