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Serving Our Country

General Pace's comments on gay and lesbian soldiers are out of step with public opinion; it's time Congress allowed them to serve openly.

There are currently some 65,000 gay and lesbian Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, many of them deployed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. As they fight and die for their country, they were told this week by the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace, that their relationships are immoral, the intolerable equivalent of adultery. These remarks, clearly out of step with American public opinion, were cheered from the usual quarters. Cultural right leader Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) issued a statement “applauding” Pace “for maintaining a personal commitment to moral principles.” But it also prompted outrage from Americans who understand that this outdated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy does not reflect our values or enhance our security. Take action to repeal the ban here.