Monday, September 24, 2012

Queer Quote: Paul Ryan Says DADT Is "Past Us"

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is on the Republican presidential ticket and is well-known as someone who is generally opposed to any kind of equal rights for LGBT people. However, this past weekend when he was in Miami, Florida he was asked about what should be done about the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"  (DADT) policy which excluded openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the United States Armed Forces.

To the surprise of many, Ryan (who voted against the legislation to repeal DADT in the U.S. House in December 2010) appeared not to be eager to revisit the policy and bash gay people. In fact, he ade this statement which qualifies as today's Queer Quote :
"Now that it's done, we should not reverse it. I think that would be a step in the wrong direction because people have already disclosed themselves. I talked to a lot of good friends of mine who are combat leaders in the theater and they just didn't think the timing of this was right to do this when our troops were in the middle of harm's way in combat. I think this issue is past us. It's done. And, I think we need to move on."
If even the homophobic candidate for the Vice-Presidency is not interested in reversing DADT repeal, then last week's 1-year anniversary of DADT's absence will not be the last.

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