President Barack Obama appointed an openly gay Army veteran

The Next Family

By: Shannon Ralph

 

This week, President Barack Obama appointed an openly gay Army veteran, Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton, to the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Fulton is the board’s first openly gay member. She graduated from West Point in 1980 as a member of the first class to admit women. After serving for five years in the Army Signal Corps, she was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.  Fulton is the executive director and founder of Knights Out, an organization of gay and lesbian West Point graduates and allies.

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to support the cadets who will lead our Army in the coming years,” Fulton said. “And I’m pleased that the president is clearly setting the stage for a post-‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ military with appointments like this. It is my honor to continue to serve the Academy and the Army that I love.

Despite his categorically un-evolved—and ever-changing—stance on gay marriage, it is a welcome relief to see President Obama standing behind his assertion that gays should serve openly in the military. It is about time that those who are willing to serve our country get the respect they deserve. HOO-AH!

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