What the actual percentage of the US population is that identifies as homosexual may never be known, but the best estimates place it between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20. Count those flag-draped coffins. There are 20.
Chances are good that at least one of those fallen soldiers was gay.
Whether John McCain or the other 42 Senators who voted against the Defense Authorization bill this week believe it or not, LGBs are already serving in our military. They do so despite harassment and possible discharge. They do so in the halls of the Pentagon and on the harsh rocky mountaintops of Afghanistan. They do so knowing that someone like McCain, who claims to know the military and trades on his POW status for votes, thinks they shouldn't be allowed to serve.
Some of them make the ultimate sacrifice.
Look again at that picture. Does that one flag draped coffin that holds the war torn body of a gay or lesbian soldier deserve less respect than the other 19 fellows that surround it?
H/T to Brains and Eggs for the photo and the idea.