MR. Jonathan Hopkins is this week’s Real Man We Admire.
With less than a week to go before the Supreme Court begins to hear oral arguments on the legality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, our community is in a fighting mood. Fortunately, we've got real-life soldier Jonathan Hopkins on our side.
The former Army captain turned gay rights advocate has been one of the most vocal leaders in the battle to overturn DOMA's crippling affect on married LGBT people, particularly those serving in our country's Armed Forces. While the Court's decision on DOMA is important for all of us, it's even more important for LGBT service members and their spouses, since they receive benefits that are subject to federal law.
It's a fight that's intensely personal for Hopkins, since it was another piece of anti-gay legislation—the now-defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy—that ended his military career in 2010. Today, he works tirelessly with organizations such as Outserve and Knights Out, which are dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military.
For more information about the dangers of DOMA, check out Hopkins' fantastic op-ed piece in Time magazine and Outserve's...