Of course the first issue to be dealt with is my personal opinion on the issue, so people are not trying to winkle it out as they read. I guess it might be easy to misunderstand my stance, as Rep Kevin Murphy did the other night when we were talking at Regina's Fund Raiser. Incidentally, this is the position I took years ago, when I was running against Rep David Nangle for the 17th Middlesex seat. Do you think this is the reason I lost?
I believe marriage should be considered a religious issue. I believe that the state should be interested in legal contracts. If the Roman Catholic Church is against same-sex marriage, then the Roman Catholic Church ought not to perform same-sex ceremonies and should not be coerced into doing so.
On the other hand, if a same-sex couple wants to execute a contract that seals them together, the City Hall should be free to issue them a license. Now, here is where I am maybe ahead of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court—with its gutless Goodridge decision.♠ Why we think it is discrimination to say that homosexuals can't be joined together but it isn't discrimination when we say Muslims can't be in a relationship with two wives is beyond me. In both cases we are talking about actions that would have "violated the federal right to equal protection," in the words of Ms Goodman.
And, we need a new vocabulary. A vocabulary that separates marriage from civil unions. I suggest that everyone can have a civil union. Marriage is a more private matter.
OK. Having said that, what do I think about what is going on in Texas? I think it is just the normal working out of the differences we should be celebrating in our great and broad nation. Why should what the people in Massachusetts think about everything be what the people in Texas think?
You might object that this is about civil rights, but that is yet to be determined. That former Representative Bob Barr is not against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which he wrote may just mean that he has become more libertarian in his views. He may still think that homosexual sex, like adultery, is wrong. That former President Bill Clinton changed his mind should not be a shock to anyone. I am surprised he hasn't worn off his fingerprint from licking his finger and holding it up to see which way the wind is blowing.
And what is with the use of the initials JB and HB to identify the same-sex couple seeking divorce in Texas? That seems a little strange. If my wife and I sue for divorce, will we get the same courtesy from the MSM?
As for Ms Goodman's comments on DADT, I think she read Mr James Carroll's Column the day before and got led down the primrose path.
What we’re seeing are all sorts of potholes on the uneven road to equality. Remember the so-called compromise on gays in the military: “Don’t ask, don’t tell’’? Now, military researchers call it a “costly failure.’’Is she referring to Colonel Om Prakash's article, "The Efficacy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" in the current issue of Joint Forces Quarterly?♥
This is the article that Mr James Carroll so badly mischaracterized in his column a week and a couple of days ago.
NOW THEY tell us. Sixteen years after institutionalizing a denigration of gay people, the Pentagon is discovering that its “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy has been a moral catastrophe. Undermining the morale it was supposed to protect, it has been “wholly inconsistent with a core military value - integrity.’’ That’s the conclusion of an upcoming article in the Joint Force Quarterly, from the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - reported on last week by the Globe’s Bryan Bender. The journal article, based on a study conducted at the National Defense University, issues a forthright call for a repeal of the ban on homosexuals in the military.Mr Carroll takes the large paper of a student at the National War College and blows it up into a major study conducted by the National Defense University. This essay most likely happened like all of them. A student has an idea and proposes it and gets a yes or no. That is how my 110 page paper on the strategic significance of the Republic of the Philippines came to be written, along with my co-author, Navy Captain Rob Webb. I would provide a link except the faculty read it and then stamped it classified.♦
That the Pentagon itself is the source of compelling criticism of the military’s own policy, just at the time when the Obama administration is trying to find a politically savvy way of undoing it, brings this immorality tale full circle. The immorality, of course, belongs not to gays, but to the government. How was this absurd and cruel structure of deceit erected in the first place - and what hidden purpose did it actually serve?
That is how the National War College price winning "Coup of 2012" came to be written. The author, then Colonel Dunlap, came to me and said that this is what he wanted to write about and I said fine.♣ Sometimes the essay was hard work. I remember being in the basement of a War College student at nine o'clock at night, helping him write his paper. This was not one of my students, but he happened to be my younger brother's next door neighbor and I was enlisted to help out.
I very much doubt that this was an NDU study. When NDU does the research it comes out under the logo of one of the NDU research agencies. This was the research work of one of the students at National War College. And, the fact that it was published doesn't mean that it was endorsed by the Pentagon, by the Secretary of Defense or by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
There must be a strong conspiratorial streak in the media. The Joint Forces Quarterly editor confided to me that he had one reporter that just wouldn't accept "student essay" for an answer.
So, in summary, Ms Goodman should be into celebrating the diversity that is this nation, the legislators across the fruited plain should separate marriage from the legal obligations individuals should be able to sign up for based upon close intimate relations as adults (civil unions) and Mr Carroll needs to throttle back his belief in the evil of the US military.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Did I mention that it was gutless?
♥ While you are there, check out my article, co-authored with Dr Janet Breslin-Smith, "Strategic Drift: The Future of the National War College."
♦ When I was a student at Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
♣ When I was on the faculty at National War College.