Tuesday, September 18, 2012

One Year Since Repeal of DADT

I just read this article on Marine Corps News website.  Here are my two favorite paragraphs from the article:

"It’s been a year now since the policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed, enabling gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly, no longer forced to lie and keep their personal lives under wraps."

"The Pentagon says repeal has gone smoothly, with no adverse effect on morale, recruitment or readiness. President Obama cites it as a signature achievement of his first term, and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, says he would not push to reverse the change if elected in place of Obama."

It does not surprise me that "the clear consensus is that repeal has produced far more joy and relief than dismay and indignation."  I can remember the tremendous relief I felt when I told my family and friends I was gay.  Secrets are a burden.  I'm just happy the brave military personnel can now serve without hiding their sexuality, without worrying about being outed.

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