A reader writes:
Blacks, slave and free, have fought in every war America has engaged in without exception from before the Revolution and the War of 1812 all the way to the "War on Terror". They were always full citizens in every regard save that explicitly denied them by bigotry. Blacks have been dying for America from the beginning on the battlefield and right here at home.
Like gays the only difference is in the recognition of their sacrifice. It's a safe bet that there were homosexuals under arms in the Colonial struggle as well. Not being honored is a far cry from not being there.