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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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Repealing is the first step

Alejandra Ayala

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The forefathers of this country may not exactly have had the laws in mind to protect those individuals who are homosexual, but with prejudice acts not being acceptable anymore, changes had to be made.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the policy that stopped military personnel from discriminating against or harassing homosexual service members and applicants, while barring openly gay and lesbian people from military service completely.

As a result, more than 13,000 homosexual soldiers were discharged during the time of DADT’s 18-year span, according to a article from The Associated Press in August.

It was the official United States policy on homosexuals serving in the military and as of Sept. 20, it is no longer active, which is one step in the right direction for homosexuals.

Without a doubt, gay rights activists have gained achievements worldwide and the overall tolerance of homosexuality continues to grow.

DADT proved to be somewhat of a burden because homosexuals feel no one should have to hide their sexual preference.

What Americans have wanted since the nation’s existence is the pursuit of happiness, and with happiness comes wanting more in addition to what was already gained.

One example that this idea of human life has been around since the writing of The Constitution, is the writing from the English philosopher and physician John Locke.

Locke wrote in his 1693 book, “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding,” “The highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness.”

That shows that it is built in the very genes of anyone who has had privileges or anything more then needs.

Also, similar to all the other equal rights movements; not one has officially been resolved yet, but none are really in a position of oppression anymore.

The ability to be able to openly have more options when it comes to declaring is something that not everyone in the world has or even thinks about.

On top of that, protesting and challenging the laws would be a blasphemous thought, if punishment were to be enforced by our country.

Being thankful that the opposition is often not the government, but other citizens, really puts things in perspective.

In this country, majority rules and the only reason why some of the “injustices,” haven’t been made yet, is because those activist haven’t found an effective way to present their problem.

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