Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DADT Failure Disappointing but Future is Still Hopeful

After Tuesday's disappointing failure to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal" in Senate, along with being upset and discouraged, many LGBT Americans are left to question if we will ever receive equal rights and be granted the same liberties as our heterosexual counterparts. In an article, Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, expressed his disappointment:

“Today’s vote is a failure of leadership on the part of those who have been duly elected to serve this nation and to put the best interests of the country ahead of partisan politics. It is simply inexcusable that this vote failed today."
Read more of this article, D
ADT Repeal Fails in Senate, at

Despite many ignorant attitudes, as such displayed in the YouTube video, "Tony Perkins: The British and Israeli Military Don't Fight to Keep the World Free," the fight for LGBT equality continues to progress in the form of small steps. In Florida, Miami Judge Cindy Lederman's 2008 ruling that a ban on adoption by gay couples is unconstitutional was upheld by the Third District Court of Appeals (You can read the full decision here). In addition, some are speculating that U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton will have no other choice but to reinstate Major Margaret Witt who was discharged from military duty after being outed. (Read the full article here.) Finally, in an August poll conducted by the Associated Press, 58% of Americans believe that same-sex couples should be entitled to the same government benefits as married heterosexual couples.

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