The GLBT and PFLAG Community
United States of America

As a proud gay veteran, I was discharged from the United States Army based on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for openly admitting that I was indeed a homosexual. People say that they believe in equal rights for everyone. But why is it that a homosexual man or woman has the most unequal rights.

If a homosexual male or female were to apply for the same business position as a heterosexual male or female 9 out of 10 times, the heterosexual will get the position applied for just becasue the heterosexual population in this country wants nothing to do with us. Why is it that a homosexual male or female must fight for their rights for everything we do, when you don't see heterosexuals fighting for their rights to live equally or be equally treated. As goes the same for open, homosexual, men and women of this so called "great nation", to openly serve in our armed forces both here wuthin the states as well ad overseas. Did you know that less than 1% of the American population ever joins the military.

We need to quit stereotyping the homosexual males and females, that are so willingly ready to lay down their lives for this country at a moments notice, and support them as they openly serve the United States of America. If you won't stand behind them, then feel free to stand in front of them. It says in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, and I quote verbatim,

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..."

It says "...that all men are created equal...". It doesn't say "that all STRAIGHT / HETEROSEXUAL men are created equal.". It says "... that ALL men...". What part of "...ALL men..." didn't they understand? My biggest question is who says my choice of lifestyle is wrong? Who says that a man can only be with a woman and not another man and vice versa? This is America and I will pursue my "unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." That's they way we do it! HOOAH!

We, the undersigned, call on the United States of America, to eliminate the ban of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy and to allow any and all prior discharged veterans administratively separated due to this policy, be properly restored to re-enlistment status if they so choose.

As well as to allow all homosexual male and female service members alike, currently on active duty, reserve, inactive reserve, or any other type of service not listed herein, be allowed to openly admit their sexual orientation, whether gay, lesbian, or bisexual, without any form of retaliation.

If anyone were to retaliate against any such service member, that they be punished to the fullest extent of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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The Lift the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Ban petition to The GLBT and PFLAG Community was written by Adam M. Mutchler and is in the category Military at GoPetition.