Lt. Daniel Choi is a member of the United States Army and a veteran of the war in Iraq, but, unlike most such individuals who have served their country in time of war, he is gay and that means he is not entitled to be a member of the armed forces. Ironically, he has less rights in this nation than those who refuse to serve in time of war. U.S. Park Police arrested him because of an attempt to handcuff himself to the gates of the White House. Choi and fellow gay, James Pietrangelo, who is a plaintiff protesting his dismissal from the Army for being a homosexual, were part of rallies held in Washington D.C. to demand an end to the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
There will be other rallies and demonstrations as Americans fight for the rights of gays and lesbians just as the struggle for black rights dominated the sixties. At some point in the future, Americans will pose a simple question–why do we deny rights to our brothers and sisters because they are different?