The challenges LGBT people face in America won't simply dematerialize as we achieve each new policy objective. Passing good laws and enacting good policies is hard work, but changing culture is much harder.
I talked with Retired Navy Captain Joan Darrah about a letter she wrote to Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.), chairman of the Republican National Convention's platform committee, asking to address the committee in support of marriage equality.
The official end to don't ask, don't tell is arguably one of the most significant civil rights achievements of the current generation. It signals that gay Americans are full citizens and should be treated equally.
What gays and lesbians are looking for -- and will be marching for on Sunday -- is nothing special, and that's exactly the point. It's what every other American already has: equal treatment under the law
Here's an idea: Let's just keep our best troops, no matter what their background or orientation.
Momentum is picking up in Congress behind that notion, but we still need the President to make his move.