As the band struck up Auld Lang Syne and friends helped toast in 2009 a feeling of optimism spread through the room. True, the economy is a basket case and we did lose on Proposition 8; however, the people responsible for all of that are on their way out the door. The California Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments which could reverse the bigoted law which is proposition 8. An additional reason to be cheerful is the unintended effect which the “yes on 8” forces unleashed. There is a renewed sense of mission and galvanization of the entire gay and lesbian community through out the United States.
There is much to be hopeful about. Many former Generals and Admirals have asked that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” be dumped as a policy for the Armed Forces and that gay and lesbians be permitted to serve openly in the ranks, as they do in many of our NATO allied armed forces. With an even stronger Democratic majority in both the House of Representatives and The Senate along with the newly elected President, we have an excellent shot of changing this discriminatory practice.
When the late President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order as Commander in Chief desegregating the United States Armed Forces, he accomplished much more than simply a more just Armed Forces. He set into motion a national reconsideration of segregation. People fail to realize that the Armed Forces help to socialize a large segment of young adults. Once segregation became unacceptable in the Armed Forces, the stage was set for Brown vs. Board of Education in the mid 1950’s and the Civil Rights legislation of the 1960’s.
A wonderful thing about the military service is that once they say something is unacceptable. It is unacceptable, PERIOD. Once they say that you cannot discriminate against military personnel based on sexual orientation, it will effectively stop. People will then ask: Why did we ever do that stuff anyway? Eventually, those attitudes learned and reinforced in the military will work their way into the civilian population and bigotry will be unmasked and displaced.
So, out with the old and in with the new, Cheers!
- Boycott the Knights of Columbus
- A wedding sermon.
- An open letter to my parish community.
- Why was a college student in the car of drunken Archbishop-elect Cordileone at 12:26 AM, when Cordileone was arrested for a DUI?
- When the Church married Same-Sex couples.
- How It All began
- The Supreme Court’s Decisions and the New Mason-Dixon Line
- What the Vatican & American bishops DO NOT want you (and Politicians) to know.
- The Morality of Sex, gay & straight.
- San Francisco in archbishop Cordileone’s sight