Progress (little by little)

December 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

On Saturday, the Senate voted to repeal the 17-year old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act in the U.S.  Military.  DADT was put into play by Bill Clinton, who had hoped it would allow gay and lesbian men and women to serve within the military a bit more freely.  However, over 13,000 soldiers have been discharged due to their sexuality alone since DADT was created and it forced anyone else with same sex preferences to keep that basic part of themselves hidden.  Imagine serving in a war overseas and not being able to talk about missing your boy or girlfriend.  Those servicemen and women who were discharged due to this bill were denied from serving the country they love based on who they happened to fall in love with.  They were denied from serving a country that they aren’t even allowed to get married in (talk about kicking someone when they’re down).  But things are changing.

The big vote came after an exhaustive Pentagon review  found that allowing gays to serve openly posed a “low risk” of disruption and that a large majority of troops expected that it would have little or no effect on their units.  This is not shocking to anyone who happens to know anyone who is gay but it is shocking that it was such a concern for so damn long.  The bill has now been sent to President Obama, who will sign the entire thing into effect.  GLBT’s already in the military are discouraged from coming out just yet though because until everything is said and done, there’s still a small chance they could get in trouble for being who they are.  And even though the votes are in, things won’t be changing overnight.  Regardless, this is something that the Obama administration has promised to do for a long time and it’s a huge relief in the gay community to see it actually happening.  So, here’s a huge THANK YOU to the President and all of the Congresspeople who voted to make this happen – it’s something that should never have been in place to begin with and it’s about damn time it’s over!


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