Sunday, October 11, 2009

Gay marriage is a civil right!

The only legal discrimination permitted in the United States is discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Representative Joe Sestak is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and the highest-ranking military officer currently serving in Congress and believes it’s time to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". To quote Rep. Sestak, "Over the last 16 years we've lost 12,500 good service-members to this policy. In a time of war, our national security cannot afford to lose these troops, especially high-value specialists and linguists. But more so, our military cohesion depends on honesty and integrity".

It’s estimated that 65,000 of our troops are gay and we demand that they act dishonestly and conceal information from their comrades and commanders in order to serve their country. Why are those who wish to serve in defense of liberty forced to live a lie?

Our very Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”.

How is it that we ask Americans to risk their lives to defend our country but then don’t treat them as full human beings by denying them basic rights like the opportunity to marry?

If you believe as I do that gays should be free to serve in the military and gay marriage is a civil right, then call your Congressman and urge him to support the “Respect for Marriage Act” and support the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.

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