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Wed 24 Mar, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

I have fully committed my life and all the sacrifices necessary to manifest equality and America's promises. Like I said at court (sic.), ‘I'm not guilty, I'm not ashamed, and I'm not finished

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Gay solider activist insists fight isn't over

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One man has insisted that the battle isn’t finished after he and a fellow soldier tied themselves to the White House railings in protest of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

Iraq War veteran and gay activist Lt. Dan Choi and his fellow soldier were arrested on the 18th March after failing to comply with the police and remove the handcuffs from the White House fencing.

According to Newsweek, Choi expressed his feelings and reasons for the movement, “Obama told us at the [Human Rights Campaign] dinner last year, ‘you need to put pressure on me.’

“I was there at that dinner, in uniform.

So this is my mission; the president said to pressure him and I heard that as a warning order.”

Choi also expressed his dissapointment in the gay community for their commitment when it comes to the issue of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law.

Speaking to Newsweek, he added "Is someone willing to give up their career, their relationships with powerful people, their Rolodex, or their parents' love to stand up for who they are? I'm giving up my military rank, my unit – which to me is a family – my veterans' benefits, my health care, so what are you willing to sacrifice?"

“Jesus up on the cross did not have a party with all his major donors to raise money for his cause, his cross was free. Gandhi did not need three-course dinners and a cocktail party to get his message out. These are people who sacrificed their lives. It was not the size of their distribution list, but their message that endured.”

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," law, which bans gays from serving openly within the army was brought into action in 1993 and current President of the United States of America, Barack Obmama, began the process to overturn the law.

Choi, who described the law as “the only law that enforces shame” and during his time serving for his country he was taught to sacrifice himself for the greater good.

“I have fully committed my life and all the sacrifices necessary to manifest equality and America's promises. Like I said at court (sic.), ‘I'm not guilty, I'm not ashamed, and I'm not finished.’”

Choi is due to stand trial on 26 April after pleading not guilty to the charge of failing to obey a lawful order.


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