By Jared Anderson
The U.S. Senate voted to end the controversial military policy that prohibited gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
The Star Tribune was very positive in its coverage of the decision. Its story included interviews of a gay veteran and a gay Minnesotan who tried to fight the policy, as well as a Democratic politician who voted to repeal the policy and a representative for the DFL party who supported the repealing.
There were no interviews with anyone who supported the policy. There were also no interviews, quotes, or even mentions of any politicians who voted to keep the policy in place, nor were there any mention of the rationale for keeping it in place.
The story was titled "Minnesotans cheer Senate vote," which might refer more to what the Star Tribune was doing about the decision than the entire state.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press produced a much longer, more thorough article on the vote, taking the novel step to quote several opponents of the decision as well as supporters.
What Don't Ask Don't tell really comes down to is a conflict over whether homosexuality is a choice or tied up in genetics. If genes control whether a person is gay or not, then the military would not be able to reject prospective military members because of a genetic trait like race or sex.
However, if homosexuality is a choice that individuals make, or an action that people participate in, then the military has every right to 'discriminate' against someone choosing to be gay as much as it can 'discriminate' against, and refuse to accept, someone who chooses to support a terrorist organization instead of the U.S. military.