Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Hurts Couples

This blog focuses on the goal of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois and beyond. But of course we also support equal rights for lgbt folks in all areas of life, including the right to serve in the military.

And in fact, the two issues are more closely connected than they might seem at first. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, recently pointed out that the military ban doesn’t just affect lgbt soldiers; it also affects their partners, who are denied the housing and medical benefits normally afforded to the husbands and wives of those serving in the military.

Moreover, Sara Benson, a University of Illinois legal scholar, recently argued that a repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy could “jump start” the lgbt rights movement in general. Benson arrives at her conclusion by drawing from recent history, arguing that the racial integration of U.S. military service in 1948 paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.

In addition, just last week, a coalition of religious groups signed a letter addressed to all members of Congress calling for an end to the ban.

For all these reasons, please participate in the Human Rights Campaign’s DADT “Virtual Lobby Day” by calling your Congressional representatives on May 11. And be sure to let them know if you are a veteran.

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2 Responses to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Hurts Couples”

  1. Earthbound Spirit Says:

    Sorry I missed this. I’ve been following the “Stories from the Frontlines” about DADT at the Service Members Legal Defense Network: http://www.sldn.org/

  2. the3rddegree Says:

    It’s definitely not too late to make calls on this issue, even though HRC designated yesterday as a special call-in day.

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