MR. Jonathan Hopkins - Real Men We Admire

March 22, 2013

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 eye-opening report on the topic.

Or maybe this will get your attention:

Hopkins talks with Rachel Maddow about his experience with "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

Tags: Military, DADT, DOMA, Army, gay, real men we admire
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we need more awesome guys like this!!

amen,we need to help our servicemen.

"Real Man"? Absolutely! Deserving of admiration? Totally! What a shameful waste that the stupidity of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" cut short his military career. Our society in general, and the military in particular, need more of this type of dedicated, thoughtful, courageous person, not fewer. And we'll continue to lose their service as long as the additional stupidity of the "Defense of Marriage Act" forces federal "inequality."

I actually know Jonathan!! He is an awesome guy and is very committed to his work.

I admire Mr. Hopkins for his candor and honesty in speaking out. Fortunately, the DADT Policy has been discontinued.

Hopkins was evidently an exemplary soldier and is apparently a terrific guy. It's a shame that he's not still serving if that was his aspiration. Statistics say that 80 to 85 percent of DADT discharges were initiated by the service person announcing, in one way or another, "I’m gay.” The military is big on rules, policies, and procedures, and that was a violation.

Many gay people, including myself, served honorably in the military without requiring it to change its rules or its culture to accommodate us.

As a conservative, I am frequently concerned by how intertwined the militant gay agenda is with the agenda of the Left. I believe that Obama and his accomplices are hollowing out the military and turning the US into a second-rate nation.

A point others have made: Hopkins was discharged under the Obama regime. If the prosecution of the slime ball officer responsible for the Fort Hood massacre has been delayed for over three long years by Obama, why couldn't he have held up Hopkins' discharge?

The jury is still out on whether the kinder, gentler, transformed military is in the best national interest. I would not voluntarily serve in the military of today, or encourage anyone else to do so, while Obama is in the White House. The selection of Hagel, probably the worst choice for DOD chief ever, shows the low regard Obama and his accomplices have for the military and for our national security.

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