Tuesday, 19 February 2008

77: Gays in the Military 1993 - Miscellaneous Editorial Cartoons

The last few editorial cartoons I can find. And what a lot there’ve been. Whether any previous issue elicited such a vast quantity of cartoons in the pages of the US newspapers, I don’t know. This may count as some sort of defining moment.

Editorial columns at the time were prepared to argue that the issue of gays in the military had many similarities with the struggle for racial equality. They pointed out that the same arguments about the undermining of moral and unit cohesion had been made against whites and blacks serving together. This is the only contemporary cartoon that makes the same point. However, since the last two years have seen a massive debate over gay partnerships in America, a large number of cartoonists have this time drawn the same analogy to arguments against interracial marriages.

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