“This kind of prejudice is going to continue to have a direct impact on our national security as we allow qualified gay men and women to lose their jobs for no good reason. This policy, and General Pace’s bigotry, is outdated, unnecessary and counter to the same American values our soldiers are giving their lives for each and every day.” – Purple Heart recipient and proudly gay American hero, Staff Sgt. Eric Alva USMC, responding to Pace calling homosexuals “immoral”.
If Sgt. Alva isn’t the grand marshall of this year’s Pride parades, we should all raise hell.
UPDATE: HRC, for whom Alva is now a spokesperson, has issued a statement calling for Pace to apologize.
UPDATE II: Listen to Alva on yesterday’s NPR All Things Considered.