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Don't ask don't tell repeal taking priority over other worthy causes

By Andrea Ordonez, Columnist

While musical artist Lady Gaga once again shocked many with her various outfits at last week's MTV VMAs, her message to repeal the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy seemed to make more headlines than her meat dress. Not only did she verbally demand for its repeal, Gaga also had three military veterans that were discharged due to the current policy and a lesbian that recently resigned as a West Point cadet serve as her escorts to make a statement at the award ceremony.

 

"Real heroes on my arm, tonight," she tweeted in regards to the VMAs, "is for us monsters, and our fight."

With Gaga's firm intervention into this social issue, the media has gotten even louder with its support. All of a sudden, there became a surge to see how fast "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" can be repealed by the government.

Is it almost too fast? For Virginia Phillips, a federal trial judge in California, the repeal isn't happening fast enough. But the issue that Phillips should be focusing on? California is currently involved in numerous other messes, including corrupt city officials lying about their salaries, an awful state economy, and prominent street crime. Why did she feel like this was the perfect time to declare "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional? Furthermore, why does Phillips keep pushing members of the federal government to do the same?

Is this issue for gay rights that important to California residents? Maybe for state officials like Phillips, but not for its residents. After all, it was the state's voters that stood by Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, in the 2008 election. Only this year did a different California judge declare the results of that vote unconstitutional.

Although equal civil rights for a specific group of Americans appears incredibly vital, it seems to overshadow social issues that affect even larger amounts of the country's population.

How is this repeal more important than the reality that the country is in an economic crisis so bad that it is second only to the Great Depression? Why is this issue overriding the fact that the job market is shrinking rapidly and that Social Security may soon be a fond recollection of a decent past for our generation? Since when does this issue get more spotlight than finding a way to finish fighting two wars and paying the debts of each off?

All Americans that want to serve or have served in the military should have the right to and be recognized for their service regardless of their sexual orientation. They fight to preserve our rights, and in turn, they should be able to freely practice theirs.

 However, this issue has been drawn out for far too long. No more flip-flopping. No more indecisiveness. This issue needs to be resolved with a definite yes or no so that other issues can gain the same spotlight and be fixed.

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