African American Iraq War Veteran Says, “battle for equality in this country has yet to be won.”
Fairfield, CA: In response to the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8 today, CA 10 Democratic Congressional Candidate Anthony Woods issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, our nation honored the hundreds of thousands of brave Americans who have given their lives in defense of our security and our highest ideals. Among them, tens of thousands of African Americans, who gave their lives or returned home from battle to a nation still gripped by the oppression of ‘separate but equal.’"
Today, more than 65,000 members of the GLBT community serve in our armed forces, defending and championing freedom and equality on the battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other points around the globe. They too are coming home to find their willingness to serve, and their families treated as ‘less than equal.’"
This is a disappointing decision by the California Supreme Court, but it is also a reminder that the battle for equality in this country has yet to be won. We can and must live up to the ideals that so many brave Americans have fought and died for by eliminating discriminatory policies like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Proposition 8 once and for all.”
Anthony Woods is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq, and was awarded both the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for his service. Woods was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008, for challenging military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Woods is a native of Fairfield, CA, and is campaigning for the expected Special Election to replace Representative Ellen Tauscher (nominated to serve in the Obama Administration) in California’s 10th District.