WASHINGTON — The US Senate this morning struck a likely fatal blow to the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans openly gay people from US military service, knocking down Republican opposition in a key procedural vote and clearing the path for a final vote to repeal the policy, perhaps as soon as today.
“I don’t care who you love,” said Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, “if you love this country enough to risk your life for it you ought to be able to serve.” US Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts was among six Republicans who broke party ranks and voted break a GOP filibuster. The vote was 63-33. At least 60 votes were needed to move the measure ahead.
Republican opponents accused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of rushing a political agenda through the Senate in the waning days of a lame-duck session, and warned the repeal could undermine unit cohesion in the military.
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My name is Fr. Marty Kurylowicz, a Roman Catholic priest from the Diocese of Grand Rapids Michigan ordained June 16, 1979.
In March 1997, after attending a National Symposium of the New Ways Ministry that was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I learned that children as young as 4 and 5 years of age know that they are different. This feeling "different" is only identified in their adult years as being gay. However, the harmful influence of antigay social and religious norms -- in particular, for Catholics, the Vatican’s unsubstantiated antigay teachings -- are severe and last throughout a child’s lifetime. The harmful effects are not isolated only to these children who grow up to be gay, but also affect their families, siblings, friends and anyone whom they might consider special in their lives. They are a prescribed societal sentence of implicit isolation, which place at risk of suicide so many innocent adolescents and young adults. They stifle an enormous amount of human potential in the world that otherwise could be put to use for finding cures for diseases, offering better ways of maintaining peace among people and improving the quality of life for everyone in the world.
Gay Marriage - “SEPARATION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE” Does Not Give Churches Or Benedict XVI - The Freedom To Abuse Children or Adults. July 2010 - By Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson
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