03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

40 Years After Stonewall: No Progress on Gay Rights

"Why should we have to wait one more day?" asks Steve Hildebrand, former deputy national campaign adviser for President Obama, addressing the lack of progress on gay rights in America.

Hildebrand was speaking about two weeks ago -- before the hate crimes legislation was passed and before the President's weekend statement about ending "Don't ask, don't tell."

Some forty years after the Stonewall Riots in New York city, Hildebrand contends, "Congress has done almost nothing to further equality." He cites the failure of anti-discrimination employment laws, the slow passage of the hate crime bill, the defense of marriage act, and "Don't ask, don't tell."

Obama's refusal to say when he'll repeal the military's discrimination against homosexuals suggests little has changed. More than 13,000 service personnel have been forced out of the armed forces including two West Point graduates.

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