In World War II, a British mathematician named Alan Turing led the effort to crack the Nazis' communication code. He mastered the complex German enciphering machine, helping to save the world, and his work laid the basis for modern computer science. Does it matter that Turing was gay? This week, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said that homosexuality is "immoral" and that the ban on open service should therefore not be changed. Would Pace call Turing "immoral"?You go, Alan!
(For the non-fogies among you, Alan Simpson was the Republican whip in the Senate in the last century. I couldn't stand the man. It's nice to see that anyone can change.)