The same census data shows that almost one million gay and lesbian Americans are veterans. (Same reference). There are a total of 23.6 million veterans in the United States. This being the case, over four percent of our veterans are gay or lesbian. This number represents a greater percentage of veterans than the number of gays and lesbians in the general population. (http://media.www.kentnewsnet.com/media/storage/paper867/news/2008/11/10/News/23.6-Million.The.Number.Of.Military.Veterans.In.The.United.States.In.2007-3533856.shtml).
I don’t often side with those on the liberal side of the equation, and certainly not with Obama. But in this case, he got it right. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is an insult to those in the gay/lesbian community who are serving, and have served, their country in uniform. I am as proud of each of them as I am any of my fellow veterans, and I thank each of them for their service, as a grateful country should also do.