Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Posted by Rich Miller
* Marquell Smith, a Marine Sergeant discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” has written a letter to several African-American state Representative’s who’ve said they oppose or are leaning against voting for the gay marriage bill. Here’s an excerpt, but you should really click here to read the whole thing…
Like you I’m African-American. I learned that the struggles of our people are a symbol of hope for those being discriminated against. We cannot let an important vehicle of past struggles —African-American churches— become the gatekeepers of the rights to dignity of others. Who are we to deny someone else the right to marry because we don’t agree with who they love?
Equality begins when people in positions of power enable everyone to live lives of decency and dignity, free from any prejudice in the law. Black folks did not want anyone’s permission to live freely; we can not rest until this dream is realized for everyone.
Despite our legacy we are now the very people denying others their equal rights. I’m inclined to believe that we can do better but we can’t do it without your support.
When I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2006 under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I learned firsthand what separate but equal feels like—and let me tell you it felt awful.