I was proud to join hundreds of LGBT Americans on June 27 in exercising our right to demand that our elected leaders take action to right a wrong perpetrated against service members whose service to our country is no less honorable or patriotic than our straight brothers and sisters at arms. The March on the White House was for me a unifying event, not just because those of us who marched are adamant in our desire for DADT to be repealed, but because as we joined by bystanders, who cheered or gave us a thumbs up - they, too, know DADT must end. Hopefully our demands were heard by President Obama, under whose watch and since Inauguration Day, 265 Americans have been discharged. Repealing DADT cannot be delayed for political expedience. Throughout his presidential campaign, Candidate Obama inspired us to hope that the politics of hatred, bigotry, and discrimination would no longer prevail. We demand a politics of tolerance, respect for our fellow man and woman (irrespective of sexual orientation), and nondiscrimination under which DADT is morally unacceptable.
06-28-09 By José M. Zuniga, SLDN Board |