Oh, it is so nice, at the end of certain culture war battles, battles where we as LGBT writers and activists have to deal with the kicking and screaming children of the Religious Right in order to gain our equality, to see that the actual adults affected by the changes are acting like, well, adults! Here is Michael Barrett, the top NCO of the Marine Corps, talking to Marines in South Korea about DADT repeal:

“Get over it.” That’s the ultimate message delivered to marines by the top non-commissioned officer of the Marine Corps regarding the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).


The Wall Street Journal reports that Sgt. Maj. Barrett brought out a small copy of the Constitution and referenced Article 1, Section 8. “It says, ‘Raise an army.’ It says absolutely nothing about race, color, creed, sexual orientation.” He then asked if everyone in the group joined the Marines to protect their nation, going on to say, “How dare we, then, exclude a group of people who want to do the same thing you do right now, something that is honorable and noble?”

Sgt. Maj. Barrett concluded by saying “Get over it… Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines.”

I would extend that sentiment to dead-end brats like Tony Perkins and his various hate group cohorts. The rest of the country is handling this like grown-ups; it is high time that the Religious Right learns how to play well with others in a secular, diverse society.