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Rally in Raleigh protests 'don't ask don't tell'

Posted November 11, 2010

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— Activists in Raleigh held a Veterans Day celebration they hope will help lead to changes in the military's policy on gays and lesbians.

The rally to honor gay and lesbian veterans was held Thursday outside the office of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

“Our motto this afternoon is ‘Let us serve,’” activist Jose Rico said.

“North Carolina is a military-friendly community. I believe anyone willing and able to serve in our military should be able to do so,” Hagan said in a statement released Thursday.

The event is one of dozens around the country organized by the gay rights group Get Equal. The organization wants an end to the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy that prohibits openly gay people from serving in the military.

They think the best chance for a repeal starts Monday, when Congress goes back into session. They're hoping the Democratic majority overturns the policy before a new Congress is sworn in next year.

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  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 11, 2010

    When did I try to silence you? Really, keep going. Every time you open your virtual mouth my job of convincing people I'm right just gets that much easier.

    Gaychapelhill--Bro, you'd better be glad that I'm not a black liberal or else I'd accuse you of racism.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 11, 2010

    Man, you guys are still upset over last week's elections. Everything will be just fine, and I assure you that the sun will rise in the morning, but in the mean time, be proud that the republicans will now be in control of this state and will define the real meaning of marriage between a man and a woman.

  • garychapelhill Nov 11, 2010

    Freedom of speech only pertains to you and your ilk

    When did I try to silence you? Really, keep going. Every time you open your virtual mouth my job of convincing people I'm right just gets that much easier.

  • garychapelhill Nov 11, 2010

    Stupid AND greedy. Wow, but a combo. Your mother must be proud. What makes you think I care how much money you make? It obviously can't buy smarts. Typical juvenile response. Can your dad beat up my dad too?

  • Tarheelfan13 Nov 11, 2010

    Gidder Dun stated: "So tell me when did you choose to be straight and find that you were attracted to a woman?"

    I never made a decision of whether or not I was attracted to males or females. I knew I was attracted to women when I was in 1st grade. It was natural and instinctive. In fact, my first puppy love type crush with a girl was when I was in the second grade. Sure I hung around the guys more but that was only because at that age GI Joe, Transformers and comic books were cooler than hanging around the girls.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 11, 2010

    hippocrates? we're ancient greek physicians? Thanks for proving my point about your obvious deficiency in the brains department.

    OK, I confess, I'm a product of the liberal NC public school system.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 11, 2010

    This coming from the mental midget who talks about "pupe chutes" and "meat gazers". You're seriously embarassing yourself "bro". You claim to wake up every day glad to be in this country, but you've obviously wasted every opportunity to educate yourself and become a mature, thoughtful contributor to this society. You are what is wrong with this country. Stupid people with REALLY big mouths.

    Gaychapelhill--Proud to say that I'm retired and probably earn twice as much as you with my retirement pay and probably pay twice as much as you in taxes. That should make you proud, you tax and spend liberal. You liberals crack me up. Freedom of speech only pertains to you and your ilk.

  • garychapelhill Nov 11, 2010

    hippocrates? we're ancient greek physicians? Thanks for proving my point about your obvious deficiency in the brains department.

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 11, 2010

    Proud Black - Take your sexism somewhere else, please.

    So I'm sexist because I don't support the gay lifestyle. Because I'm in opposition to the gay cause, I'm not entitled to freespeech? You cats are hippocrates.

  • garychapelhill Nov 11, 2010

    That cat can't say a word without spitting all over himself.

    This coming from the mental midget who talks about "pupe chutes" and "meat gazers". You're seriously embarassing yourself "bro". You claim to wake up every day glad to be in this country, but you've obviously wasted every opportunity to educate yourself and become a mature, thoughtful contributor to this society. You are what is wrong with this country. Stupid people with REALLY big mouths.

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