Why Is the Pentagon Blocking LGBT and Progressive Websites?
Gay and lesbian Americans have been able to serve openly in the military ever since President Obama repealed “Don't Ask Don't Tell” in September 2011. But online, some Pentagon computers appear to force the LGBT military community behind closed doors, blocking military users' access to LGBT advocates' and other progressives' websites, while conservative sites remain fully accessible, according to John Aravosis of AMERICAblog. The military now blames faulty computer software for the de facto censorship, but gay activists say the Department of Defense has known about the problem for over a year—and still hasn't fixed it. Progressive sites like Daily Kos made the blocked list. But the conservative websites of Andrew Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, as well as anti-gay rights groups like the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council, were accessible.