The Obama administration is defending an Education Department official over advice he gave a gay student about sex 21 years ago.
The official, Kevin Jennings, says he should have handled the situation differently.
Jennings was teaching high school in Concord, Mass., in 1988 when a sophomore boy confessed an involvement with an older man in Boston. He told the boy, “I hope you knew to use a condom.” Read More
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Kevin Jennings is gay, and a professional gay activist. The son of a baptist preacher, he grew up on the outskirts of Winston-Salem. He remembers decorating in Confederate flag-chic, had Klan members in his family, and spent a good deal of his childhood energy trying to hide his sexuality. He left North Carolina for Harvard, where he came out, and after graduation he started teaching history at New England prep schools. Source
Gays “don’t ask, don’t tell”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to hear from the Obama administration on how to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.The Democratic-led Congress is considering repealing the 1993 law but isn’t expected to act on the issue until early next year. Read More
Barack to focus on Military Gay Ban
As a candidate, Obama signaled support for repealing the law. To the disappointment of gay-rights supporters, he has yet to made a move since taking office in January. The White House has said it will not stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who acknowledge their sexuality.
Last year, 634 members of the military were discharged for being gay, or .045 percent of the active-duty U.S. force, according to an Aug. 14 congressional report. Read More
I have news for you Harry..you said
Harry Reid “I do not believe we can afford to discharge any qualified individual who is willing to serve our country.”
Only 634 members of the military were discharged for being gay last year and if Obama ban “don’t ask, don’t tell” you will have many more than 634 young men and women that will not join the Military at all, and then I guess you Reid and Obama will have to bring the draft back which is what you want.