A Medal for Killing Two Men and a Discharge for Loving One

The title comes from the quote written on Leonard Matlovich tombstone: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

The “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy was repealed by the Senate, and today Obama is signing it into law, allowing homosexuals to openly serve in the military.

I think this policy was a disgrace, just like when 18 year olds could be drafted to go to war but would have to wait till 21 in order to vote (a policy changed by the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971).

Despite my usual cynicism and skeptical outlook, this is a time to celebrate the progress of American social policy. Gay rights is at the forefront of the current leg of the civil rights movement in American. Even if you’re homophobic, or just don’t care about the issue, the repeal of this law is a sign that our country is moving closer and closer to the realization of the beautiful ideal represented by our constitution.

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