Friday, September 21, 2012

The sky hasnít fallen

This week is the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the policy known as “Don’t ask. Don’t tell.”

President Barack Obama took a stand for human rights and, as commander in chief, ended the policy, thereby prohibiting the armed forces from rejecting or expelling anyone from service because they are openly gay. 

At the time, his actions were widely denounced by some as both sinful and dangerous to the strength of the military and the very soul of the nation. A year later, the country seems to have survived.

The United States military remains the best fighting force in the world in spite of the dire warnings of people such as Sen. John McCain and Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps. 

Congress decided to save Western civilization by passing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on Sept. 21, 1996 that defines the marriage of one man and one woman as the only legal union in the United States. Sixteen years later, the Obama administration and the U.S. Justice Department have stopped any attempt to enforce DOMA, and the U.S. Supreme Court will decide next week whether to scheduled arguments on the constitutionality of both federal and California prohibitions on gay marriage.

Passions often run high, including in electoral politics, over anything involving gay issues. From military service to marriage contracts, what is really involved are civil rights that should properly be decided by secular courts and not by religious law or electoral preference.

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