So, if gays can fight and die for their country, why can’t they marry people they love?Â -ABC’s Jake Tapper.
I’ve been taking a break from my blogging lately, if you hadn’t noticed. I apologize if you’ve missed me!
And, I just returned from Christmas celebrations, mostly enjoyed up north with family and friends. While I was away, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) happened. I am amazed at how it all came together ultimately.Â Aren’t you?Â Of course, ask those central to making this happen and you will hear how ‘blood, sweat and tears’ itÂ took to make DADT go away.
Driving home yesterday, I happened to listen in on a conservative radio station. Of course, they believe repeal of DADT is immoral.Â And, those of us who believe the opposite believe DADT was what was immoral.Â I know one thing:Â I’m grateful we have a democratic President in office awhile.Â Â I agree with Rachel Maddow, who recently said, ‘DADT caused massive damage to many lives.’
Apparently, President Obama, who has publicly stated he doesn’t believe in gay marriage,Â is even reconsidering that other very controversial anti-gay federal law – The Defense of Marriage Act.Â He is even reconsidering gay marriage.Â During an interviewÂ after signing the repeal of DADT he was asked by reporter Jake Tapper:
So, if gays can fight and die for their country, why can’t they marry people they love?
Yes, indeed.Â Why can’t they?Â I would reword his question to say: Why can’t gays and lesbians marry the person they love?Â Lest someone start saying:Â oh, they want to marry more than one person!?!Â
If nothing else, the repeal of DADT reminds me how keeping the faith and keeping one’s ‘eyes on the prize’, even when it’s difficult to do so and defeat seems certain, often brings victory.Â Â I am amazed…