Archive for the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Category

Will Military Equality Lead to Marriage Equality?

December 24, 2010

Dan Choi, a leader in the fight against "Don't Ask Don't Tell," with his boyfriend

Some historians say that the racial integration of U.S. military forces helped pave the way for the broader Civil Rights movement. Could the end of the military’s ban on LGBT soldiers have a similar effect?

It’s worth noting that in the wake of the passage of the the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have signaled greater openness to the idea of marriage equality.

First Obama said that his view on the subject is “constantly evolving.”

And today, Biden called same-sex marriage “inevitable.”

Elsewhere in the World

December 4, 2010

While this blog has focused lately on the passage of the civil unions bill in Illinois, it has actually been a huge week in for LGBT news elsewhere. A brief week-in-review roundup:

Community Forum Rescheduled

August 25, 2010

The upcoming community forum co-hosted by Human Rights Campaign and Equality Illinois has been rescheduled to Sept. 27. The event will feature updates on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, as well as other issues affecting LGBT people. The event, to be held at the Center on Halsted, 3556 N. Halsted St., at 6:30 p.m., will feature Rep. Mike Quigley.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Hurts Couples

May 8, 2010

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.