As promised, Lt. Dan Choi returned to the Rachel Maddow Show last night for his first interview since being fired for being gay.
I’m not sure if I agree with Representative Sestak about continuing enforcement of DADT. On the one hand, yes it’s a law and the government should enforce laws. On the other, there are certainly some laws that we enforce more stridently than others. The Obama administration has already said that they won’t be as attentive to laws against clinics in California that sell marijuana for medicinal purposes.
There are several ways President Obama could manage non-enforcement. He could sign an executive order saying that the DADT laws won’t be prosecuted. He could de-fund the DADT line item in the budget. He could just pull Defense Secretary Gates and tell him to knock it off.
Like I said, I’m not sure where I am on that issue.
But one thing we agree on: Repealing DADT must be a high priority. The US military has been weakened for far too long by the law. Dan Choi, Sandy Tsao, Amy Brian, Todd Belok, and many others are having their lives effectively ruined for no reason other than prejudice.
And to be blunt, this is America. We’re supposed to be better than this.