I was rather disappointed, unfortunately, in a Tweet posted by Annie Duke after the Senate vote:
They should have attached #reidbill to DADT. Then gays could play poker online in the military and tell people about it.
Seriously, Annie? You want to juxtapose the passage of an historic civil rights bill with the defeat of a bill to legalize online gambling—errr, poker? The DADT repeal took years of intense lobbying, while the poker bill was a last second attempt to pay off Senator Reid's corporate masters in the Nevada gaming industry. The DADT repeal will allow gay and lesbian Americans to fight and die for their country, while the poker bill would've enabled more twenty-somethings to legally avoid real jobs in favor of multi-tabling sit 'n gos and chasing rakeback bonuses. Ahh yes, Annie, I can certainly see how trivializing the DADT repeal is "good for poker".
Now, to be fair, Annie Duke's heart is in the right place on DADT repeal (immunizing her from inclusion on the infamous "D-Bag O' the Day" list):
Big victory in the Senate to repeal DADT. Big day for civil liberties and tolerance!
Duke, like most poker players, was likely disappointed in the Senate's failure to make any progress on legalization of online poker, an understandable reaction. Duke also likely didn't intend for her breezy comparison of DADT repeal and the Reid poker bill to come off as insensitive to the DADT repeal victory. Certainly in the grand scheme of things Duke's comment was more of a traffic violation than a serious misdemeanor, and substantially less offensive than the recent Twitter "jokes" of Duke's archnemesis. But Duke's comment does trivialize the momentous importance of the DADT repeal. Hopefully Duke will be a little more careful in how she advocates for poker going forward.
* Special thanks are owed to Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), an Iraq War veteran, as well as Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME), for their leadership in shepherding this bill through Congress.