Friday, December 31, 2010

Today DADT, tomorrow DOMA?

Some thoughts for the new year from the LA TImes

Today the military, tomorrow the marriage altar?

In an era when gay Americans have seen stunning progress and many setbacks in the quest for equality under the law, many believe 2010 will go down in history as a watershed that will lead inexorably to more legal rights.

Saturday's vote in the Senate to allow the repeal of the federal law banning gays from openly serving in the military is "one of the greatest, if not the greatest, victory in the history of the movement for gay and lesbian equality," said Aaron Belkin, director of the Palm Center, a UC Santa Barbara think tank that studies the issue of gays in the military. "Going back thousands of years, the marker of a first-class citizen has always been someone who's been allowed to serve in the military."

Most countries that allow gay marriage, he added, lifted their military bans on gays first.
After all, those soldiers are going to have dependents. Is it in any way justifiable that Pfc Smith has benefits for his wife and children, while Pfc Jones has no coverage for his husband and children?

1 comment:

PseudoPiskie said...

We'll get there. Working on it!