In their ongoing review of military benefits in connection with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation.
DADT Repeal: U.S. Airman Comes Out to His Dad in Online Video
In researching organizations that support gay service members, I came across OutServe, the Association of Actively Serving LGBT Military Personnel. This organization formed in July 2010 and has grown to over 4,500 members. In September 2011, the OutServe Magazine began appearing at Army and Air Force base exchanges starting next month. It was first publication of its type to reach the exchange shelves and the mainstream military audience.
Even if you are not gay or a military member, I encourage you to visit the organization to learn about ways to support or prevent discrimination against someone who is gay and in the military.
Audio file aired on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Nov 13, 2011. “The effort to overturn DOMA faces stiff resistance from congressional Republicans.”
Yesterday, fellow service members were involved in a ceremony that paid tribute to all veterans—past and present, regardless of sexual orientation. While these good men and women protected our country, our lives and our children, they did not discriminate us based on who we love or loved. So why do we do it to them?
Why do we feel it’s right to have gay and lesbian service members preserve our freedom to marry who we want, yet they are not allowed to do the same? When women were first permitted to vote, many in the nation thought it would be the end of the country politically but here America stands stronger than ever. Legalizing gay marriage will not destroy this country. Instead, it will erase a double standard that we have been holding a group of people to for far too long.
Keep this in mind when you go to vote for the next president. Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served, currently serve and will serve this great, free Nation.
“A president of the United States changing a policy that was working well and to do it while we were at war in two different theaters, I think it was irresponsible and I truly think that he did it to respond to his political base.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry