« South Africa: Zulu king denies anti-gay statement | Main | HRC: Mitt Romney’s tax returns reveal at least $35,000 in donations to anti-LGBT groups »

Lesbian Air Force officer to sit with first lady at State of the Union; SLDN 'reminds Americans LGBT service members still not equal'

News release from Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)  Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director, Army Veteran Aubrey Sarvis, issued the following statement regarding the selection of Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace of McLean, VA, to be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama when President Obama delivers his third State of the Union address tonight:

"This is a clear victory in the fight to achieve full equality for service members.  In his 2010 State of the Union, President Obama committed to repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and indeed, it would not have been possible without his determination to do so.  Even as we celebrate this milestone tonight, let us not forget that our work is far from done.  While gay and lesbian service members may now serve openly if they choose, they are still not serving equally.  They are without the same protections from harassment and discrimination that are afforded others, and legally married gay and lesbian service members do not receive the same recognition, support, and benefits for their families as their straight married counterparts.  We must keep fighting until the mission is complete."


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Lesbian Air Force officer to sit with first lady at State of the Union; SLDN 'reminds Americans LGBT service members still not equal':


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment