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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Louis P. Sheldon
Gay-rights supporters outside the court building broke into cheers when news came of the decision to strike down part of DOMA, which denied federal privileges to gay couples, and Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage.
"The American people continue to demand truth and accountability for this tragedy. To date, sadly, they have received neither," says a group of 24 conservative heavyweights in an open letter to Congress, urging members to support House Resolution 36, which would create a select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Louis P. Sheldon, founder and chairman of the Anaheim, Calif.-based Traditional Values Coalition, said the overturning of Proposition 8, along with legislation such as California's Youth Equality Act (SB 323), is an example of the "deconstruction of the heterosexual ethic."
"We've had many, many unfortunate kinds of experiences. It can get very mean and rough," he said. "They protest in front of my house, they spray-paint my garage. One time, they attacked me on an airplane. We're not scared of them, but they're irrational. So we didn't bother with signs."