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WATCH: Fox News Rejects Ad On Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- Fox News has rejected an advocacy group's ad on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), in which generals from around the world say that...

The Military Wants Diversity -- Will Congress Stand in its Way?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Democrats, in both the White House and Congress, are still scarred by the Rovian tactics of the past, which successfully used gay rights as a wedge issue against them.

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

While the Pentagon Studies, More Gays Fall

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

An Infantry commander and West Point graduate who deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan and received three bronze stars for his service is right now facing discharge for allegations that he is gay.

Gay Troops and the Trouble With Polls

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Only when it comes to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians does our country see fit to dole out rights to an oppressed minority by asking permission of the oppressing majority.

Will Gay Troops Get to Join the Debate About Their Own Service to America?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Without explicit protection, gay troops could be fired for sharing their views and experiences with senators and representatives, since current law calls for discharging anyone who says they are gay.

Refuting the Latest Arguments Against Gay Troops

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Defenses of the military's gay ban have long been rooted in the moral belief that homosexuality is wrong, but its champions cast their defense of the policy in terms of the famous "unit cohesion" rationale.

Gay Rights and the Natural Law Farce

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Yes Robert George, reason plays a role in deciding natural rights. But if we're going to use reason, let's use real reason, and not lean on our ivy-league credentials to pass off homophobia as genuine rationality.

What Can Stop the Gay-Bashing in the Military?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Petty Officer Third Class Joseph Rocha was brutalized for more than two years at his base in Bahrain after his refusal to hire a prostitute raised suspicions that he was gay. This is not an academic debate.

As Congress Moves to End Gay Ban, Don't Let History Repeat Itself

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Rep. Ellen Tauscher has just announced she'll introduce a bill to repeal the ban on open gays in the military, a momentous step that comes on the 15th anniversary of this highly unpopular policy.

Should Progressives Engage Agents of Intolerance?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there is a rational argument against gay marriage, I have yet to see it. And this is why Obama's invitation to Warren might just work. A major limitation to progressive thinking is our over-reliance on rational debate.

Religious Right Trolls "Horror Stories" to Oppose Gay Troops

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

I set out to learn if reason or prejudice was behind the gay ban in the military.