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On To Marriage - Human Rights As "Don't Ask / Don't Tell" Ends


The doors now open for full marriage rights, in light of the final resolution in the political process ending the military's long-standing "Don't Ask / Don't Tell" policy toward those of alternative sexual orientations.

After many years of heated, contentious debate, the United States joins over 22 of 26 NATO nations, permanent UN Security Council Members the United Kingdom, France and Russia, and such other countries as Taiwan ( Republic of China ), Australia, Israel, Argentina, Canada, and all member states of The European Union in allowing qualified, dedicated men and women to serve in the Armed Forces with full pride in the truth of how they choose to live their lives.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - supported by Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ron Wyden, and Mark Udall - among others - Sen Joseph Lieberman ( the originator of the bill to repeal "Don't Ask / Don't Tell" / a Democrat - turned Independent - who still caucuses with the Democrats ) and Republican Sen. Susan Collins - stood proud and strong as he presided over the greatest advance of Human Rights in the military since President Truman's order of full racial integration following World War II.

President Obama - who has received considerable criticism for being overly timid in advancing the rights of those of differing sexual orientations - pledged to sign the repeal of "Don't Ask / Don't Tell" as soon as the bill reaches his desk in The Oval Office.

The "Don't Ask / Don't Tell" policy - always highly controversial and greatly at odds with much of the rest of the world - was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and has been considered by many to be one of the weakest decisions in his 2 terms as President.

Now the battle for Human Rights in America moves on to full rights of marriage. Civil Unions - considered by Obama and many other social and political figures as an "acceptable alternative" to marriage for those of alternate sexual orientations - are no longer seen to be worthy of discussion as plausible or fair by those who have struggled for years to be treated as vital, equal, productive, successful members of society.

The gap of action from Truman's integration of the military in the late '40's to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts signed by President Johnson in the mid-'60's was nearly 20 years. Many African-Americans - and other minorities - still face outrageous obstacles in their search to fulfill The American Dream.

It is more than fair to say - using the military as a model of social progress and change - that advocates of the full rights and benefits of marriage for all citizens will be mounting a full-fledged effort to ensure the accessibility of marriage to all Americans in the swiftest, surest time and manner.

America is always a better nation - setting the right example to the world - when it lives up to its finest ideas and values. 

Marriage for all American citizens is an example of how the country can - and should - live up to its promise. 










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