The Don't Ask Don't Tell policy is finished, gays serve openly
by, 09-24-2011 at 03:26 AM (690 Views)
The U.S. Military's debatable Don't Ask Don't Tell policy basically came to a close at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20. Gay and lesbian armed forces people are now allowed to function in an open capacity. No anti-gay activity will be accepted, states the Department of Defense. The nearly 14,000 gays who were dismissed during the 18-year-long policy are now being asked to reenlist. But GLBT service participants still confront other problems, in and out of the military. Article source: The U.S. military DADT policy is officially Out.
Comments the president has made
The army released an announcement stating simply "the law is repealed."
Obama had more to say than that. He said:
"As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service."
All the activists are excited
Homosexual rights groups celebrated the event as a momentous achievement. Rea Carey, of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said:
“Those who fight for freedom will now themselves be able to live more freely. ... Thousands of exemplary and courageous service members have lost their careers and livelihoods to this unjust policy, once again proving there are very personal and costly consequences of discrimination.”
Answers from civic leaders
Civic leaders also reacted. Many of them spoke about the troubles that still have to be solved. This won’t be the end of it.
Steny H. Hoyer (D) is a Maryland Congressman. He said:
"The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was a rebuke not only to those gay and lesbian Americans who wished to serve under our flag and risk their lives for it but also to the principles of inclusion and equality that we as a nation hold dear."
The Defense of Marriage Act was something Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D) Tweeted about. “Now that DADT is behind us, it's time to go get DOMA, don't you think?”
All about DOMA
DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, is a federal law signed into effect by President Bill Clinton in September of 1996. Marriage benefits are denied to homosexual and lesbian couples with the law since it defines marriage as between one man and one female. The Obama administration declared the law unconstitutional in Feb., but it still remains in effect.
The problem was defined by "Our Time: Breaking the Silence of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” author Jeff Seefried. "I'm in a military-to-military relationship. When I have to move in six months, does that relationship end because we can't get a joint assignment? If we were married, we could get a joint assignment."
There's More to Equality Than Asking and Telling | Mother Jones
Washington Post: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ repealed: reactions - The Federal Eye - The Washington Post
Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal: Gay Military Member Speaks - Battleland - TIME.com
Huffington Post:Obama Hails DADT Repeal: End Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Means Gay Servicemembers 'No Longer Have To Lie'