Itâ€™s been a rollercoaster of a month for the gay community.
Tuesday a federal judge ordered the U.S. military to stop discharging gay service members under its â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€ policy after she ruled the policy unconstitutional last month.
The judge, Virginia Phillips, ignored the Obama administrationâ€™s request to delay the injunction blocking enforcement of the policy, which has been around since 1993, while the policy is in front of Congress.
Every American who believes that all men and women are indeed created equal should commend this
But, despite Phillips forward thinking, it seems like people all over the rest of the United
States are stepping backward. Just Monday, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, â€œI donâ€™t want (kids) brainwashed into thinking that homosexualityâ€ is acceptable.
Paladinoâ€™s comments, offensive as they are in their own right, also couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time, as New York police say two teenage boys and a man were tortured recently by gang members who thought the victims were gay.
Equally as appalling, Michigan Assistant District Attorney Andrew Shirvell made headlines recently for waging his own blog war against University of Michigan student president Chris Armstrong, who is openly gay. Shrivellâ€™s disgusting blog targets Armstrong for his homosexuality, calling him a
racist with a radical homosexual agenda.
And to top it off, in September alone at least six gay youth took their own lives, some in direct reaction to bullying by their peers.
If the injunction against â€œdonâ€™t ask, donâ€™t tellâ€ is a step forward, the rest of the recent news headlines about the gay community show that progress is a hard-fought battle and one thatâ€™s not going to be over any time soon.
Gay rights should be a priority to all of us and anti-gay actions shouldnâ€™t be tolerated by anyone.