Slightly less than a year after all the fuss about the elimination of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the US military officially commemorated Gay Pride month which is currently going on, although the most senior service chiefs did not attend., which is being interpreted as a sign of lingering discomfort among the old guard.
The next step will be for the partners of military personnel to get the same benefits as married spouses, which currently they do not because the federal government does not award federal benefits to same sex couples even if their marriage is recognized by the state in which they live. This is currently being adjudicated in the courts.
Of course, the opponents of equal rights for gays and lesbians are still out there, fighting a rear-guard battle to combat the increasing acceptance of gay people by the population in general and the business community in particular. Take a look at the comments by people upset with Nabisco because it put out an image of a rainbow Oreo cookie to celebrate gay pride month. Yes, these people are upset by a cookie.
Give it up, folks. When corporate America signals that it is comfortable with a new social order by featuring it in advertisements and promotions, the battle is effectively over and it is only a matter of time before full acceptance. Just be gracious and accept the fact that very soon gays and lesbians will have the same rights as everyone else.