US Army General Introduces His Husband At Pentagon Gay Pride Event

Via the anti-gay Washington Times:

A married Army general on Tuesday introduced his spouse at a Pentagon event that featured lots of top brass, including Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as the keynote speaker. What made this seemingly routine introduction noteworthy is that Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor introduced his husband, Lucas. “My husband Lucas is sitting up front here,” Gen. Taylor said of the man in the same row as Mr. Carter, Army Secretary John McHugh and other senior officials. He said Lucas has subjugated his own career to support the general’s frequent moves over an 18-year relationship. “We bet everything on my Army career,” said Gen. Taylor, whose 27 years of service spanned an outright ban on gays, then “don’t ask, don’t tell” and finally, the ban’s lifting in 2011. Gen. Taylor was the master of ceremonies for the Pentagon’s 4th Gay Pride celebration that showcases a month of gay-themed posters and history.

(Tipped by JMG reader Adam)

  • Javier Smith

    Still waiting for the day this sort of thing isn’t news.

    • Reality.Bites

      We’re ALL waiting for Drudge to go away!!

      • GayOldLady

        I thought we were all waiting for Drudge to come out of the closet.

        • Reality.Bites

          Sure, you’re a lesbian. No skin off your nose!

          • GayOldLady

            Yeah, that’s one bullet I don’t have to dodge. But don’t y’all like that big Stetson hat he’s wearing now? Sexy, right?

          • brian

            All hat and no …

          • Octavio

            . . . Penis. Go ahead and say it. It’s a perfectly legitimate word. Penis. As in, “Santorum has a small penis.” Now, don’t you feel better? I sure do. 🙂

          • Reality.Bites

            (Mutters to self: remember she’s an old lady. Don’t claw her eyes out.)

      • Larry Ft Pierce

        “Dregs”

    • Sk3ptic

      Exactly, complete with Drudge’s revolving lights. Danger danger!

    • Not quite there, especially given the number of hostile comments that this generated on the Washington times story. It’s only been 4 years so I’m not at all surprised that there is still pushback.

  • clay

    Uhm, so much for having to wait a generation for it to make its way up the ranks.

    • Chris Larosa

      I personally know MANY colonels and even a few generals that are totally out. These folks are leading the way, hallelujah.

      • Jonty Coppersmith

        I’ve known several captains and majors who were gay but not out except to a few friends during don’t ask don’t tell. Every one of them was a RC priest, LOL!

      • StraightGrandmother

        God Bless GAY America!

    • IamM

      The plus side of being an invisible minority.

      • Exactly, we were already there and ready to go
        once open service was allowed. It also made it easy to change minds because people had already formed impressions of people as good soldiers and thus it was easy to challenge any negative reservations once people started coming out.

        • Chris Larosa

          What? Are you suggesting soldiers can judge according to character and performance and not sexual calibration? What shall we tell Tony Perkins??!

    • its making its way up the NCO ranks as well one of the panelists was an (e8) I’m a Staff sergeant (E6) myself openly gay in the military for 4 years in July. So many of us were in prior to gays being allowed to serve openly that we instantly had people at all levels of the rank structure.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Has it been 4 years already? It seems like it was just yesterday. Witt vs the Air Force, I remember reading all those court briefs.

  • Slippy_World

    Thank you for service BOTH Brig General Randy S, Taylor and his husband Lucas

    • Nic Peterson

      There is a book just waiting to be written, by Lucas, that is…

  • TampaDink

    Heads, once again, exploding in Teabagistan, film at 11.

    • Gustav2

      I want film of the panel.

      • TampaDink

        A continuous loop would be nice.

    • Steve

      Can heads explode multiple times?

      • Mark

        They can have small ones over ‘h over but I think the big one is coming later this month. A total meltdown if I’m guessing correctly.

        • Bj Lincoln

          I hope to see and hear them explode!

          • Mark

            I just don’t wanna have to clean up the mess. I retired my hazmat suit when President Obama was elected to his second term.

          • vorpal

            I’m willing to bet that I’ll hear the screaming, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments all the way down here in Chile.

      • Gustav2

        Only for our entertainment.

        • OrliJoe in Fla

          Isn’t that an Adam Lambert song?

      • vorpal

        Mine does, several times a day, usually.
        Oh, wait… that wasn’t what you meant, was it?

        • Jonty Coppersmith

          That often, wow! If I didn’t already know that you’re younger than me I would now.

          • vorpal

            I’m making up for lost time :-). I’ve been reasonably (but not completely) asexual for a good chunk of my life, and all of a sudden, BAM. Apparently, I’ve hit second puberty or something.

          • Jonty Coppersmith

            Sounds like you’re enjoying catching up. Good for you! It took me almost 15 years from the time I first realized I was gay until I was finally able to accept it, so I missed out on the peak years completely. I wasn’t quite the forty year old virgin, but mid-twenties for sure.

          • vorpal

            You sound like quite the opposite of me :-). I started to know I was gay at the age of four, knew it beyond the shadow of a doubt by the time I was seven, and was always very, very happy to be gay.

            LOL I actually went through a brief period when I was around 13 where I had a crush on a girl. (She was more masculine than most of the guys that I’ve dated – haha!) I was a Christian back then, and for that few weeks, I would cry myself to sleep almost every night praying to god to keep me gay. I did NOT appreciate that brief period of sexual confusion… not one bit.

      • TampaDink

        I sure hope so, although ideally, once exploded those heads should be irreparable & no longer a danger to themselves or others.

    • vorpal

      LOL go read the Washington Times comments section, but bring a squeegee with you to wipe off all of the conservative brains. (Oh… wait… not needed.)

      • Todd Allis

        Saw your comments there. Most of the rest of the comments were the same old crap I expected.

      • Bob Conti

        I looked and saw your response to Rick Thunderwood. I really wanted to comment to RT that I think I have a couple of porn DVD’s that he starred in, but didn’t think he’d get the joke. You’re right, the comments section is amazing. And shrill.

        • vorpal

          Haha! Hilarious!

          And yeah, definitely shrill. I came home from work with a vicious headache, and I suspect that it’s from that sudden bombardment of right-wing “Christian love.” It’s like a freezing cold lake: you have to ease yourself into that sort of thing or you could go into shock over how painful and horrible it is.

          • Bob Conti

            I’ve found I’ve lost too many billable hours and raised blood pressure by engaging these people, so I’ve put myself on a “comment diet.” But I think I need to leave Big Rick Thunderwood a message.

          • vorpal

            I’m at that point where neither Tylenol nor caffeine is helping to get rid of this nasty right-wing induced headache, so I think it’s time to call it quits and pull out the big gun (i.e. masturbation – hahaha!) and see if that helps :D.

            If not, Xanax and bed.

      • I contributed quite a few comments over there, saw you contributed quite a few as well. At least they allow comments but the page reloading got very annoying after a while, always making me lose my spot. Quite the collection of anti-gay comments over there, they are still not over the fact that gay people can serve in the military, it totally fucks with their idea of what a “real man” is.

        • vorpal

          Oh, you got that horribly irritating page reloading phenomenon too, did you? That was bad enough, but the autoplay video at the top made it doubly annoying. I had to keep clicking on “more comments” and trying to find where I left off. At least Disqus preserves what you’ve written so far.

          I love how fucking stupid some of these people are: “I’m not homophobic! I just hate gay people and think they’re utterly disgusting and reprehensible perverts that are mentally ill!”

          Ummm… okay?

          I love how many of them also seem to labour under the delusion that there is a factory somewhere that cranks out precisely one template copy of gay men and that we are all thus essentially identical in pretty much every way. I mean, really? How many millions of us are there, from every religious and racial group, and yet somehow, we are all supposedly identical?

      • TampaDink

        I would have, but my digestive system is frail enough as it is. ☺

    • oh and they are totally exploding, all kinds of angry comments from Teabagistan over this one, they don’t like their perception of what a “real man” is to be challenged and a general with 27 years in and multiple combat deployments would typically fall under the definition of a “real man” the fact that he is gay is totally fucking with their system.

  • sherman

    I like to put a face with a name. This little image is the best I could find.

    • John30013
      • Ian

        Homeboy is a Ranger and senior parachutist. That’s some serious shit. According to his bio he’s been deployed in a lot of operations. No combat infantrymen’s badge though.

        • John30013

          Apparently he’s now in the Army’s Chief Information Office.

        • he has quite the impressive service record, that is a very dedicated and accomplished individual.

      • sherman

        thanks

      • Kruhn

        OMG! HE’S HOT. Lucas, you’re one lucky dog! Green with envy here

        • John30013

          I want gonna take the shallow route, but as my hubby would say, he’s “geeky cute” 🙂

  • Bluto

    We’ve taken over the military, BUHOWAHAHAhahahahahaaaa! Get the camps ready for the christians, everything is moving according to the plan of the gay radical homosexualist lobby!

    • Gustav2

      Go into your bunkers Christianists and don’t come out!

    • Mark

      big gay radical…..

    • John P.

      It’s all clearly spelled out in the most recent edition of the Gay Agenda. Ultimate goal is world domination!

      • pj

        the 2015 edition features a pink taffeta cover with rhinestone encrusted binding.

      • Bill

        I thought it was starting with the U. S military INVADING TEXAS, and everyone “Christian and their sort” were to be relocated in the under ground tunnels, of the Walmarts ( fema camps )
        Question: Will the Red Cross be involved ?

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        I think we should start smaller, like having someone teach me how to tastefully decorate and go from there.

        • B Snow

          The only thing I know about decorating is that the carpet should match the drapes.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I just read a news story that the Colosseum in Rome has restored one of the elevators used to bring lions up to the floor. The first thing I thought was, now we just need to fill it with Christians.

      • Tor

        Naturally, like the Americans, the Romans used their greatest technological advances for entertainment purposes.

      • Gustav2

        We can start with the 2 or 3 Christian believing clerics in the Vatican.

    • bambinoitaliano

      The fear alone would have those christianistas shoot themselves in the foot. Literally.

    • vorpal

      The Boy Scouts, the Military, Reaganbook, marriage, Hollywood, universities, and even many denominations of Christianity… muahahaha!

      Why won’t we ever let righty-whitey Christians have nice things? =evil laughter=

      • People4Humanity

        Did someone say “ReaganBook”?

        • chillwallball

          You know you’re a little right of center when your social media website is filled with Nigerian fucking warlords!

    • Patrick

      And our plan for the military takeover over Texas is well underway with our special forces infiltrating pool parties there…..

    • Ginger Snap

      Let the invasion of Texas begin by way of walmart. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    • motordog

  • Joe in PA

    wow, for the Washington Times, that item was pretty tame. Nary a snarky comment anywhere (but don’t go to that website: pops-ups, surveys, trash articles galore, the screen was so crowded I could barely find the article.

    • Gustav2

      It was a bit of a surprise, but what can they say now?

      • Joe in PA

        That is true, but they could just make shit up! [and do]

  • Clive Johnson

    Was that my cat toppling something in the apartment, or was that a tea bagger’s head exploding?

    • John P.

      Well, at least a few jaws dropped!

    • Bj Lincoln

      Ha ha ha Good one!

  • Gene

    1) thank you for your service General!
    2) that the fucking MOONIE times, the Toilet paper with words of the “rev” Moon, a place real journalists go after being fired or unhireable elsewhere, the biggest charlatan, money whore, and megalomania to live in our time, a disgrace to REAL Christianity, a fraud, a fool, and a leader of far bigger fools, had to publish this is wonderful..whatever spin they may have tried to put on it. that is WONDERFUL

  • Mark

    What a wonderful thing!! Now, watch tebagistan spoil it all with their hate!

  • Mawm

    And the marginalization of anti-gay bigots continues.

  • BaddogLtd

    Seems like just yesterday Republicans were booing gay soldiers. Now Santorum can’t draw flies. Ah sweet revenge. http://i.ytimg.com/vi/1HGo-B39Fhw/hqdefault.jpg

    • Octavio

      Santorum. He’s certainly in a position to comment on what goes on in the military owing to his great legacy of having served in the Air Force? nope, that’s not it — the Army or Navy? — nope, no records there, then it must be the Marines. Yeah, that’s it. He must have been one of the special OPs way quadruple secret Marines — whoops, he wasn’t a Marine. No military record whatsoever. Hmm . . . so we’re back to square one. He’s just a mindwarped catholic christofascist who thinks his deeply held religious misbeliefs should be the law and everyone else obey. Well, genuflect me runnin’!

  • Reasonoverhate

    The commenters on this article are absolutely fucking insane. You’d think DADT was still in place….

    • They have yet to get over its demise. Some of them never will and will carry that resentment to the grave (which in many of their cases isn’t that far off) they especially get pissed off because this is a highly decorated officer with multiple combat deployments, it’s the kind of guy they would normally hold up as an example of an “true man” but he is gay and so it messes up their picture of the world.

  • ElJiffy

    Well, the gays have always made the best soldiers

    • Octavio

      We definitely tend to be the snappiest dressers and know how to fill out a uniform. 🙂

      • ElJiffy

        Which makes the gays love the soldiers and vice versa, in a complete feedback loop.
        Btw Octavio, I love your posts

    • RoFaWh

      Give the US a female president and armed forces entirely made up of gayz and fierce lesbians, and look out world!

      • Octavio

        USO Tours will never be better! I’m in! Pick me!

    • William

      It took a homo to bail out George Washington during the Revolutionary War. Baron von Steuben went on to found West Point.

    • John30013

      Also sailors, airmen and Marines, plus whatever Coast Guard members call themselves (Guardsmen?).

      • licuado de platano

        Coasties.

        • Octavio

          Me gustaría tener un licuado frío hecho con plátanos. ¡Qué rico!

        • John30013

          I was going to suggest that, but it seemed sort of childish…. 🙂

  • Cousin Bleh

    Do all those Drudge followers leaving hateful comments below that article know that Matt Drudge is gay?

    • JoeMyGod

      Go point that out to them. They REALLY get upset.

      • Cousin Bleh

        Done!

        • Octavio

          I got a comment posted pointing out that M. Drudge is homosexual. But it took forever. Doubt it will last. They be vicious little troll urchins commenting over there. They definitely lack the fashion sense and style of everyone who posts here. 🙂

          • Cousin Bleh

            I’ve been responding to a bunch of comments there. But I can’t take it any more. There’s so much hate! It’s depressing.

            I need a hug. Or a lapful of puppies.

          • Octavio

            Me and my box of puppies extend to you a big ol’ warm hug. 🙂

            Here, you can even play with the puppies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IdLyFJf6UI

          • Joseph Miceli

            Those poor babies need some chewy toys!!!! They’re bored!!! So cute!

          • Octavio

            Yeah, but it’s only their second or third day they’ve had their eyes open. Give ’em time. 🙂

          • Joseph Miceli

            That young? Wow, they are going to keep you busy!!! (I’m jealous!)

          • People4Humanity

            How about some laughing babies?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxUulGkLu4I

    • Sam_Handwich

      i’m a Banned_Handwich there

      • Kruhn

        Good for you! You’re too good for that ilk.

  • Octavio

    Gen. Randy S. Taylor shows the rest of the military that he possesses more courage and displays greater bravery than any of the old guard of military brass. Kudos to him and his husband for proudly recognizing and loving one another in the open. That takes some big cajones to do in those lofty circles of power. 🙂

    • tristram

      I suspect there’s plenty of courage throughout the brass, and that makes Taylor’s bravery even more remarkable to me.

  • Adam Schmidt

    I’ve gotta love this… truly something awesome to see just how far we’ve come in so short a time while waiting on the Supreme Court.

  • bkmn

    So which of the thin-skulled morons is going to be the first to bash this man for his service, which sounds like it was really above and beyond the call of duty for both him and his husband.

    • Chris Larosa

      No problem. Just read the comments on the Washington Times site. Do you have an hour?

  • LovesIrony

    General, Thank you for your service and to your husband, thank you for your sacrifice. Now please call out the bigots in the US Senate that would deny you benefits if you lived in a non recognizing state.

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      I like the idea, but that’s probably against the rules.

      • John30013

        As long as he’s not doing it in uniform, and it’s clear he’s speaking only for himself and not as an official of the military, it’s OK.

        He certainly would be allowed to write a letter to the editor of his local newspaper describing his own situation and how the recent Senate vote impacts him and his family.

        *Edit: full disclosure: I am not an expert in military law, but I am a former military officer, and these rules were explained to us several times throughout our training and during our service.

      • GreatLakeSailor

        That’s where creativity plays a role.

        Yadda, yadda, yadda, and in addition, I’d like to thank my lucky stars that I am not assigned to a state where the locals are allowed to demote & demean my husband and me, disrespect and diminish my service to this country…yadda, yadda, yadda…

  • Steven Leahy

    Yeah and if he’d made the exact same introduction, down to the letter with his opposite-sex wife, no one would bat an eye much less have a problem with it..

  • I foolishly read some of the comments over on that article. I am simply mystified by that level of hate and vitriol. What a horrible way to live your life, just filled with hate. Ugh.

    • Ian

      They’re just sad angry people. It’s rather amusing to watch them flop about uselessly, like their penises usually do.

  • Ian

    The comments on the page are what one would expect. “I just don’t want those queers gawking at me in the shower.” Despite the hypermasculine act, I’m sure the thought of being watched in the shower by rabid homos titillated those manly men, and are butt hurt because those are the types of people that we pay no attention to.

    • Joseph Miceli

      It truly is the ugliest piece of crap in the platoon who is usually the most homophobic. Like I tell homo haters now, “Don’t you worry, Hon. I don’t DO charity work.”

      • Octavio

        I have an old project engineer I worked with for years coming to visit us in a few weeks. He’s such a crotchety old fart. He repaired anything and everything to do with radios for two years in Vietnam. We all called him Fearless Leader to avoid calling him what we really thought of him. He’s a libertarian version of those scared types posting homophobic crap on right wing blogs.

        It will be interesting to see how he reacts when he meets El Squeeze. He knows I’m comfortably shacked up, but he doesn’t know El Squeeze is male. Should be interesting. 🙂

        • Joseph Miceli

          By all means, keep us informed. This is better than Kate and Spence unwittingly inviting Sidney Poitier over for dinner!

          • Octavio

            Hah! I hadn’t thought of that. I’ve been more worried about El Squeeze refusing to speak English because we’re in “his” country. A rule we follow to keep peace. I think the biggest shock will be that my visitor’s North American Spanish won’t work down here. I know for a fact he won’t be able to understand the Rioplatense dialect. LOL!

          • Joseph Miceli

            Oh my! This gets better and better. You MUST report back to us how this goes!

        • zhera

          You really like drama, don’t you?!

        • Reality.Bites

          May I ask why on earth you invited him/didn’t make an excuse when he invited himself?

          • Octavio

            I haven’t invited him. He’s showing up for some conference. I couldn’t very well say, “Oh, you’re flying to the Southern Hemisphere? Sorry, but I’ll be Borneo during your visit.” That’s what I should have said, but I have nothing to be afraid of. If he can’t deal with it he has a credit card and can find a hotel. 🙂

        • Kruhn

          Octavio, should I get Telemundo or Univision to film the premiere of the next telenovela?

          • Octavio

            And what telenovela do you want to watch? La sombra del pasado? Amores con trampa? Lo Imperdonable? Que te Perdone Dios . . .Yo No? (all on Telemundo) or comedies such as Así en el Barrio Como En El Cielo? María de Todos los Angeles? Una Familia de Diez? Par de Ases? (all on Univisión. O prefieres algo más serioso como Tierra de Reyes? El Señor de los Cielos? The last two are part of Galavisión. I prefer TeleAzteca from Mexico D.F. All of them are better than the weird stuff produced in Argentina, although there are some old telenovelas from Buenos Aires that replay on canales de Miami y D.F.

            I prefer the mexican telenovelas on Univision. But most cable subscriptions should include both Telemundo and Univision channels. If you can find Negocios (from Spain) that’s my favorite. But it shows up mostly on HBO Latino. And the most stupid comedy in the world (always my favorites) is La Familia con Suerte. It’s about bitchy matrons with nasty poodles. Can’t beat that. 🙂

      • ooh! I like that saying. Its snarky, so very snarky, thats dessert right there!

        • Joseph Miceli

          Yes, I was an obnoxious little terror in my 20’s.

          • I can’t believe that! I betcha you kept everyone laughing like crazy with your delicious wit.

      • Justin

        “You’re safe, bubba. I only like men.”

        • Joseph Miceli

          “Snap!!!” Yes indeed!

  • Harley

    Brig. Gen. Randy S. Taylor has more courage and integrity in his little toe than Matt Drudge has in his entire body. Matt Drudge is a big ass closet queen. He needs to update that tired old DOS website he runs.

  • RLK2

    Congratulations to the General and his husband!

  • Chris Larosa

    I just came from the event – 3rd one. Let me tell you the damn place was PACKED like I’ve never seen the Pentagon Auditorium before. Very encouraging. THe past 2 years was ‘full’, kind of, but I can tell you more and more military members are having the courage to come out and I met a fellow Lt Col who used today as a way to do so. Awesome. We also had a Navy chaplain open up with a great prayer, like most mil events do, and much to the disbelief from our friends at Wash Times, there wasn’t a whimper or demonic shriek from the crowd. Also, one of the 4 featured LGBT members was a lesbian Lutheran chaplain who had a fantastic story and has the full support of the the military chaplains in the local joint mil community. Of course you’ll never hear about that. Love reading the commentors from the Wash Times story. What a bunch of freaking ignorant a-holes. They have absolutely zero clue about the positive effects killing DADT has had on the military community.

    • William

      The commenters over on Free Republic are as charm-free as ever.

      • People4Humanity

        Thanks for grinding through that for the team.

    • Octavio

      Thanks for your post. I feel immensely better having read it. 🙂

    • StraightGrandmother

      Thank you for your service and also your first hand report.
      LOVED reading it, again thank you so MUCH.

      • Chris Larosa

        28 years and counting. The thing that no one on the wacked right wants to discuss is just how the whole DADT repeal has been a tiny blip on the screen of the DoD. The narrative we hear from the homophobic right is completely unmerited. Be assured that the military was ‘over it’ in a matter of months regardless of what the AFA and FRC blather. And it’s not just the military millennials, but the old fart baby boomers like me. When I came out in 2012 the first thing my 2-star general did was give me a big hug and congratulate me and has been my biggest advocate since. “A detriment to national security”, my ass!

  • jackofthedust

    A symptom of our Sodom and Gomorrah society.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Well, since the “God” of the Old Testament was a genocidal baby killing misogynistic monster who created flawed beings and then punished them sadistically for the failings that He gave them…..I bet Sodom and Gomorrah were hella fun!
      May the Lightbringer illuminate you!

      • Octavio

        If I didn’t know what followed, I’d have liked to have lived in Berlin in the ’20s. 🙂

        • Joseph Miceli

          Wouldn’t that have been awesome…except for the lack of Penicillin. Gonorrhea and Syphilis must have been horrors then! But no Herpes, no AIDS and unlimited male booty….let’s call Dr. Peabody and borrow the Wayback Machine.

          • Octavio

            We need Sherman. He can hook us up. 🙂

          • sherman

            I don’t think you can afford Mr.Peabody’s rates – that machine is outrageously expensive to operate. He’s close to a breakthrough which will allow it to be powered by the tears of anti-gay bigots. They are soon to be very cheap because of the coming glut in the market.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I wish him well in his research!

    • J̶a̶l̶a̶p̶e̶ñJoe Smithson

      Troll alert: Jack Off posts on Brietbart. Don’t expect a reply. I’m sure they’re busy with the breaking Marriage Equality news out of Arkansas.

      • TrollopeReader

        Brietbart? Geesh, they’ve had less journalistic news than even Drudge and Porno-Pete’s “news” site!

    • Kruhn

      Didn’t know we were terrible hosts that required divine retribution. I thought we had a nice statue in New York that asks the world to send us their poor, huddled masses yearning to be free.

      Nope, no Sodom and Gomorrah society here except in the case of those xenophobes that tend to call themselves conservatives.

      • jackofthedust

        I take pride in the term conservative. It means that I didn’t vote for the Community Organizer that has made our country the laughing stock of the world….worsened our position in the Middle East….and has seen the welfare state grow and grow and seen the crime rate increase drastically and has engendered the polarization of our country…and (you get the picture). I’ll leave you now so that you can write your campaign check for the Friends of Hillary.

        • TrollopeReader

          I used to be a conservative. There is nothing (nor has been) anything “conservative” about the Republican party ….oh, for quite a while.

          What you may consider “conservative” is the wing-nut haters and bigots all over the Wash. Times comment section, the NRO comment section, and all the others that believe free speech means banning people who disagree with their cult-rules.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Oh dear!!! I’d rebut your whole stupid comment but I find it so hilarious and blithely hateful that it just doesn’t deserve the time.
          Silly man.
          Silly man.

  • John Calendo

    The report was pretty straight-forward, it’s the comments on the Washington Times that are crazy upside down koo-koo. It’s Poe’s Law in reverse. The most absurd caricature you can dream up for a right winger is met in those comments…and exceeded.

    May they all show up in the audience for the GOP Primary Debates.

  • sherman

    So glad that President Romney and the Republicon congress overturned DADT, due to the hard work of the Log Cabin boys.

    /s

    • Octavio

      If I didn’t know you better I’d think you were being sarcastic. 🙂

      • sherman

        You got me. My non-sarcastic comment would have been “Needs a Bill Perdue is an idiot” label. 🙂

  • Steven Leahy

    The garbage posts over on Washington Times are the same crap they were spewing back in the days before DADT was overturned. Big YAWN. Same old school , backwards dolts, just a few years older – and hopefully closer to the grave.

    • Octavio

      If there were only some kind of troll spray for the internet that prevented anyone with less than a three-digit IQ from posting. Sigh . . . .

  • Gerry Fisher

    This story made me smile soooo brightly.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Huzzah!! And congratulations to the married gentlemen!! I applaud your iron will to remain together in the face of so much struggle.

    • Octavio

      No kidding! And regular, everyday heterosexual couples can barely survive having kids! Not that kids are easy, but . . . considering all of the “support” in place for straight married couples you’d think they’d know how lucky they are. But, noooooooooo . . . .

  • Ninja0980

    Kudos to both of these men!

  • GreatLakeSailor

    Uff-Da, I read a few comments at the Washington Mid-evil Times.
    While not exactly the same, here’s how an Aussie dropped the hammer.
    Chief of Army message regarding unacceptable behaviour – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QaqpoeVgr8U

    • Octavio

      Amazing. I only caught him blinking two times in 3 minutes! He certainly got me in line.

      • GreatLakeSailor

        What is so incredibly effective, besides his no-nonsense delivery, is that even though he is the top authority in a necessarily authoritarian organization, he uses logic and facts to make his case and only after exercises his authority to unambiguously tell you what he’s gonna do about it.

        I will be ruthless in ridding the Army of people who cannot live up to its values and I need every one of you to support me in achieving this. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. That goes for all of us, but especially those who by their rank have a leadership role.

    • Steven Leahy

      Well put. This guy is great. The shenanigans and mentality than existed in the military with regards to race, women, and LG people ONLY exist(ed) when the brass send or sent the message that it’s acceptable. When they clamp down, things change – quickly. The numbskulls who are no longer in and who resent the good ole boy status quo being gone, well, can go fuck themselves. The military is FAR better off without them

    • Wow, he is a great speaker and a straight shooter! Thanks for posting this.

      • GreatLakeSailor

        The only time he moves his head is at 1:40 (he tilts and bobs his head a little) when he says, If that does not suit you, get out.

        If ever having done something stupid, I would NOT wanna end up across the desk from this guy. No sirree bob.

        • Me either, he has the talent of yelling at someone without raising his voice.

          • GreatLakeSailor

            That’s my (business) style too. I never once raised my voice at a coworker or subordinate.

            Hang on here…I had a boss I had to yell at about once a week. It was his style, not mine, but you gotta do what you gotta do, and he took it well. We got along quite constructively.

          • I rarely raise my voice, but am the least scariest human on the planet. Hubby lowers his voice when he gets angry, and if you are the problem, its time to fess up, apologize and make it better.

          • Justin

            I really don’t raise my voice. Instead I enunciate more clearly than is normal for me. I don’t speak words so much as flense them from a block of nitrogen ice.

          • Color me scared! You sound like a force to be reckoned with.

          • Justin

            🙂 i’m a teddy bear. I don’t get angry very often… and even less so as the years go by.

          • From your photo you look like a cuddly teddy!

          • Justin

            I’d like to think so. I think my husband finds me so. 🙂 Perhaps my colleagues and co-workers don’t feel that quite so strongly. 🙂

          • Husbands are the best, aren’t they? I betcha your co-workers find you to be a good fella.

          • Joseph Miceli

            I used to be a screamer. I’d let anger get the best of me. Now I’ve learned to keep my temper and speak lower and more slowly. Of course I’m not fooling anyone, since I turn a lovely shade of purple, but what looks like barely held rage tends to make a better point than carrying on like a fool.
            Besides, I have NEVER done anything in anger that I have not regretted later.

          • GreatLakeSailor

            Besides, I have NEVER done anything in anger that I have not regretted later.
            Boy Howdy! Me too. Reflection -> regret -> modify behavior.

            When I did lose it and have a tantrum, it was mostly inanimate objects that were clearly out to get me and deserved my wrath. Classic example: Older car -> rusty bolt -> wrench -> push -> push harder -> cuss, push really hard -> wrench slips -> bust knuckles -> cuss, cuss more -> throw wrench -> kick tire, cuss -> knuckles hurt, toe hurts, I can’t find the wrench, wrap knuckles with cleanest shop rag & duct tape and anyone in hearing distance thinks I’m a psycho killer. That was me 3 decades ago.

            Now I wait about 30 seconds. And use penetrating oil.

          • Joseph Miceli

            It feels so much better to let all that anger go, doesn’t it? I guess that’s one of the consolatios of age. Some of us learn some self control.

  • TrollopeReader

    Memo to Drudge: Your flashing siren light is to be used for real important, breaking news. Like finding intelligence in your brain.

  • The comments thread over at the Washington times is just about what you would expect. Almost 4 years of DADT being gone and the anti-gays still haven’t gotten over it, still pitching a big fit over how this is supposedly going to destroy the military.

    • TrollopeReader

      I think a goodly percentage of their commenters haven’t gotten over the War of Southern Aggression yet. Generations on …..

      • Very true….quite a crazy and spiteful mindset and that not even mentioning the sex obsession that they have.

        • Joseph Miceli

          I find it telling that in many southern states with a history of racial inequality, the most common search terms have to do with interracial sex. I bet that, if you could somehow find out the most common search terms for conservatives, they’d be about interracial sex, gay sex and kiddie porn.

    • Yeah, the comments there are without a doubt off the hook stupid.

      • TrollopeReader

        I can deal with the stupid — it’s the willful ignorance, the total and willful disdain and hate for anyone different … a snobbery of disgust of anyone better than them …seen in many of the southern states over the past year in the stories about gay marriage,.. (oh, and in other reddish states, too).

  • houstonray

    And………….? Jealous Miss Drudge?

  • Ugg and now the Pink Swastika by Scott Lively has works its way into the conversation over at the Washington times…that alone tells you all you need to know about the caliber of the readership over there. Why look at facts and reality when one can instead turn to the made up “facts” that anti-gay activists like to use.

  • mjcc1987

    I was there. It was inspiring and it was a packed auditorium, standing room only. We not only had an out brigadier general, but a transgender appointee, who got standing ovation. A master sergeant who will be married soon and a lesbian chaplin. It was inspiring.

    • Glad that you were able to go and a bit envious. 🙂 I watched the event live and it was indeed very inspiring, certainly a big change to live through, from worrying
      about being kicked out to watching DOD pride events and sexual orientation being included in the EO policy.

  • Kruhn

    You know you’re old when you do a double-take seeing how quickly things have changed in our favor. I still have to pinch myself whenever I read stories like this as a few years ago , I told a friend it’ll take most of our lifetimes for us to get closer to our equal rights. Boy! Was I very wrong and how glad am I about this error!

    I wonder how Lucas was able to keep the relationship going during the bad old days of DADT. BTW, we needed pictures! Older military men look very good in uniform.

    You can almost see the gnashing of the teeth on the Washington Times story.

    • B Snow

      “I wonder how Lucas was able to keep the relationship going during the bad old days of DADT.”

      I was wondering that, too. What a terrible policy, to require people to lie about their personal lives (doing nothing illegal) in order to keep their careers.

  • teedofftaxpayer

    The times they are a changing.

  • Steven Leahy

    15 years ago, did we ever really believe we’d ever hear or see the words “Army general introduces his husband at Pentagon event”??? From anyone, anywhere?

    • Nope and it seemed un-reachable while I was in under DADT and worried about being kicked out and sick of making up a girlfriend when asked if I had a significant
      other. Now it’s great, and yes there are still plenty of people who oppose the changes that have happened but the change we have seen over the past years gives me a lot of hope for the future.

      • Yep, the pretending gets old, it’s stressful and wears on a person.

        My hubby served in the Air Force in the mid-70s, said they used to conduct witch hunts, like looking for servicemen’s cars at gay bars.

  • All The Way

    Found this picture of General Randy Taylor from DOD pride

    • Thanks for posting, that’s a good picture. The other
      side of his service uniform is just as loaded as the side you can see clearly
      here.

  • Justin

    Now that has to have caused some cracked molars! Good for him.