Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Who asked? Who told?

In the past 14 years, over 11,000 service members have been discharged from the military for being homosexual.

One of these service members was Stephen Benjamin. He is one of the few servicemen who speaks Arabic, yet there is no place for him in today's military.

Our friends at Brave New Foundation have created a video telling Stephen's story. (video here) They have also created a petition you can sign and have sent to your members of Congress. Even if you don't have time to watch the video, check out the petition here.

You can read Stephen Benjamin's oped piece from the New York Times here.

Haven't we come far enough as people to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" The following countries allow homosexuals to actively serve in their military:

  1. Great Britain
  2. Denmark
  3. The Netherlands
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Italy
  6. Australia
  7. Norway
  8. Lithuania
  9. New Zealand
  10. Canada
  11. Spain
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. Belgium
  15. Israel
  16. Austria
  17. South Africa
  18. Ireland
  19. Estonia
  20. The Bahamas
  21. Slovenia
  22. Finland
How can these countries be more progressive than the US of A? Don't Ask... Don't Tell.

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