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They Fight for Freedom at Home and Abroad

Today as many of you may know is Veterans Day.  While the media shows images of troops serving our country, and President Obama honoring them with a wreath, I would like to take time to thank them as well.

To start I would like to thank all Veterans, of which there are many in my own family, but I would like to give a special thank you to the gay men and women who serve our country.  These individuals serve a country that is happy to use them when it is convenient and then throw them away when they are no longer needed.  These veterans of which there are now one million (according to the Urban Institute) fight for freedom on the battlefield and are rewarded with an equally tough fight when they return home.

What kind of message are the people of this country sending to our service men and women when we don’t allow them to marry?  When we kick them out of the armed forces at a time when we need them most, what does that say about our government?

Polls have shown that the majority of voters both Democrat and Republican favor lifting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and as of 2006 73% of all military personnel reported being comfortable serving with openly gay soldiers.  Yet the majority of American’s do not support the rights of gay people.  The message is, we can die for our country but we do not have the right to marry, to be with our partner, husband, or wife when they are sick in the hospital.

You have all heard the numbers and seen the data about today’s military.  Gays serve openly in other countries and their militaries have not fallen apart.  In fact one of the greatest armies in history was comprised entirely of gay men. The Sacred Band of Thebes was one of the most feared Greek armies, comprised entirely of gay couples.

The point of all of this is that I would like to say thank you.  Thank you to our LGBT troops who serve a country that shuns them.  Thank you for fighting for the freedom of the very people that take your freedom away when you get home.  Thank you for risking your life for your fellow man, and for being part of the LGBT community.  To the 65,000 active duty soldiers and the one million veterans who proudly serve or have served our country, thank you.

Links of Interest:

Straight Guys Tell

Knights Out

Sacred Band of Thebes

Service Members Legal Defense Network

Homosexuality and Civilization (A recommended read for all)

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