The Eternal Flame on Parliament Hill in Ottawa
Remembrance Day/Armistice Day/Veteran's Day 2005
Today is Remembrance Day/Veteran's Day or Armistice Day in many parts of the globe. It is, of course, the anniversary of the end of World War I. It's a day set aside to remember those whom have fought for the freedoms we enjoy in our respective countries. Let us not forget that there are GLBT people who have fought and are fighting for our freedom! What better time to remind you about a statement from Governor Rick Perry (TX), who suggested that gay veterans, unhappy with the proposed anti-gay constitutional amendment, should move elsewhere!! (08 June 2005) Lest we forget!
"I'm going to say Texas has made a decision on marriage and if there's a state with more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's where they should live," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Perry said Sunday.
Perry's comments were in response to a question during a news conference about what he would tell gay war veterans returning from Iraq.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group for gays in the military, today joined calls by the Lesbian & Gay Rights Lobby of Texas for Perry to apologize.
SLDN's Sharra Greer demanded an immediate apology from Texas Gov. Perry. (File photo by Clint Steib)
"More than 66,000 lesbian and gay veterans make their home in Texas," said Sharra E. Greer, SLDN’s director of law and policy. "Their service has defended the freedom of every Texan, including Governor Perry. The governor’s remarks dishonor their service and he should immediately apologize. We should be thanking these brave men and women, not asking them to leave."
Col. Paul W. Dodd, a retired Army Chaplain and SLDN honorary board member who now lives in Texas, said in a statement, "Gays and lesbians have defended our country since the American Revolution."
"Governor Perry’s remarks were outrageous and offensive and do not reflect the views of fair-minded Texans who value the service of our men and women in uniform. It is past time that those who fight for freedom abroad be afforded those same liberties here at home," Dodd said.
Read the complete article in the Washington Blade.