Operating under the banner of “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8), the United Church of Christ is mobilizing their members to take action for DADT repeal through their Justice and Witness Ministries. Perhaps UCC members on the Blend can let us know whether such actions are also prompted by clergy or lay leaders in their local congregations. But no matter, this to me is an example of a church denomination walking the talk, and I’m delighted to see it.
No category of citizens of the United States should be regarded as second class and singled out for discrimination. More than 13,000 gays and lesbians have been discharged from the military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and an uncounted number of others have left prior to completing full careers due to the pressures imposed by this policy.
Gay and lesbian service members pay a terrible personal cost for their service. The 111th Congress has a small window of opportunity to rectify this injustice before their term ends. With the release of the highly anticipated Pentagon report due out next month, the time for courageous action is now.
As people of faith, we believe all God’s children are created equal and deserve fair treatment. Now is the time for the U.S. to end its discriminatory practice of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Take action now.