Ban the Military Ban

June 7, 2007 at 7:37 am 4 comments

The Human Rights Campaign and other gay groups are stepping up efforts to repeal the ridiculous ban on openly gay soldiers serving in the military. After the Republican presidential candidates in a recent debate chose to pander to the homophobia of their right-wing base and affirmed their support for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, HRC introduced us to Antonio Agnone, a former officer in the Marines. Agnone led a platoon of men to seek out and destroy weaponry including IED’s – the insurgency weapon responsible for most of the casualties of American troops. Of course, none of the Republican candidates and some in the Pentagon would think that Agnone was qualified to serve because he is gay.

Agnone made this statement after the Republican debate about his military service and being gay in the military:

With an eye towards the Iowa caucuses in January, Antonio will join other GLBT veterans on June 12 in Des Moines, Iowa to kick off the Human Rights Campaign’s national “A Legacy of Service tour” to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The tour will also feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American servicemember wounded in Iraq, and many other American heroes standing united and speaking out for the repeal of this discriminatory policy that continues to harm our nation’s security.

You can read a transcript of Antonio’s statement here.

You can find out more about Antonio and his partner Brandon Juarez on Towleroad.

In case you missed it: Dems on the Military Gay Ban


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Advocacy, Campaigns, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Iraq, LGBT, Liberals, Politics, Video, War, YouTube.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paulbe  |  June 7, 2007 at 7:59 am

    Famous quote heard in WW2. “I hear them Japanese done declare war on you white folk”. Smartest quote of the whole war. Makes more sense every time I hear Republicans talking about “Don’t ask don’t tell. They don’t want you? fine, let them fight their idiot wars of choice themselves. If they pointedly exclude you then its their nation, their responsibility.

    I wouldn’t be going anyway. The Australian force in Iraq is only a token to keep Bush off our backs. No-one even knows we’re there.

  • 2. frecklescassie  |  June 7, 2007 at 8:21 am

    The military is wrong on this issue. Also, they don’t keep to “don’t ask—don’t tell”. They DO ask and they spy on their own soldiers just to see if they are gay. It is bad for the soldiers and bad for the military and bad for the country. Gays should be allowed to be who they are.

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