Unfortunately during the GOP debate in Orlando, Florida on September 22, Stephen Hill a soldier stationed in Iraq asked via video, “My question is, under one of your presidencies, do you intend to circumvent the progress that’s been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?” When the video ended the crowd erupted in booes, and not a single candidate addressed the disrespectful crowd. However the same can not be said about president Obama!

        At the human rights campaign dinner, that took place at the Washington Convention Center, president Obama criticized the GOP presidential candidates for staying silent while the audience booed the gay soldier. He said “We don’t believe in standing silent when that happens. We don’t believe in them being silent since. You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, even when it’s not politically convenient. We don’t believe in a small America. We believe in a big America — a tolerant America, a just America, an equal America — that values the service of every patriot.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/01/obama-hrc-speech-gay-rights_n_990574.html).

           Thank you Obama for taking a stand. If a soldier fighting to protect our country can be booed for being gay, how will any man or woman feel proud, or safe being gay? If the men hoping to be the next president wont protect our soldiers, are we as a people suppose to believe that they will stand up for us? That they will fight for what’s right? It turned my stomach not only when the simple minded audience booed Stephan Hill, but when not a single voice, made even the tiniest comment. For me everyone of the candidates that were at the debate are out of the running for presidency, because I would never vote for a person who could sit back and silently watch such discrimination. Our fellow gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans are killing themselves too often because of bullying and hate just like this, someone needed to make a statement against such discrimination, and Obama did! I knew he deserved my presidential vote.

 

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