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01/20/2011

Daniel Hernandez *is* an American hero. Stop zeroing in on his equal rights and worth, Maggie!

by Jeremy Hooper

Daniel-HernandezThe National Organization For Marriage's Maggie Gallagher knows who she considers to be a hero. This from her latest syndicated column:

"I am not a hero," said Daniel Hernandez, one of the heroes of the Tucson shooting.

He's the intern of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who ran toward the wounded, possibly helping to save his boss's life.
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In his gracious and dignified speech denying his own heroism, Daniel Hernandez called Gabby Giffords and other "public servants" the real heroes.

With all due respect, Daniel, you're wrong.

Gabby Giffords is not a hero; she's a wonderful woman of integrity who was one of the first victims of a crazed young man's violence. The victim is not the hero.

As President Obama said: "And, Daniel, I'm sorry, you may deny it, but we've decided you are a hero because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss, and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive."

WHO ARE THE REAL HEROES TODAY? [UExPress]

Yes, Daniel did a brave an noble thing. And Maggie will of course repay him, an out gay man and LGBT activist, by working day and night to deny his right to marry under the civil laws of this nation, painting his love more as heresy than heroism.

That's a tough one to reconcile.

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*EARLIER: So which is it, FRC: Is Daniel a hero or an 'anomaly' who shouldn't be 'normalized'? [G-A-Y]

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