With that doctrine's repeal in late 2011, the current president and vice president and the immediate past vice president all endorsing same-sex marriage, not to mention the cold reality that gays and lesbians are among our war dead, this is an opportune time to remember those who loyally served a country that offered them only compromised civil rights in return.
So to the gay and lesbian men and women in uniform, fallen and not, and to their survivors, thank you for your sacrifice. Not only have you shown bravery on the battlefield, but inside your own ranks, serving a system and politicians that not only didn't fully accept you. We know things are better nowadays, but they are still not good enough.
Even though the gay rights battle won't play out at the local level, per se, government agencies can lend a hand by taking a symbolic stand. We are not big fans of public agencies wasting time on endless proclamations, but every now and then such pieces of paper are warranted.
Along those lines, the Orange County Board of Supervisors missed an opportunity to send a positive message to gay and lesbian constituents. As reported in the
We understand their reluctance to clog up meeting time with proclamations, and we also realize that the
Many established Republican leaders, such as former Vice President