This is going to be short. I am not a really into writing a long diary and this is not an issue usually foremost on my mind. It comes to mind now because of timing in the political cycle.
I was absolutely at odds with a lot of my political allies when I agreed with conventional wisdom that last summer and last fall were not the right times to push Obama on gay rights. How can there be a bad time? Well, health care was heating up and insurance companies are possibly the most virulent adversaries of all to take on in a political battle. I was good with waiting.
Now the big health care push appears to be genuinely stalled, or at least they have to reassess strategy (go left, right or whatever). This pause in health care reform advocacy and touted emphasis for the jobs initiative is a time to push. I am just thinking in terms of political cycles –if I were a gay activist group I would go for it now.
There is a downside to this since if politicians are running scared the last thing they will probably be willing to attempt is a gay rights initiative — since anti gay rights legislation seems to always win on the ballot. Gay rights will probably get little support in legislation for this reason. I am emailing Human Rights Campaign to suggest that they push Obama to sign an executive order to end enforcement of Dont Ask Dont Tell now–and issuing honorable discharges to all who have been discharged under this policy.
This does not sound like much but it would be a major step in the right direction that is possible without getting into a drawn out congressional fight.