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As of Today Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed

Posted on 2011.09.20 at 11:49
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Finally, the discriminatory policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed. This is a very good thing that has finally happened for gays and lesbians in our military. Congrats to the Obama Administration for having the courage to do this.
The following video ends with an ad for the Obama campaign but I do think they need to toot their own horn for their accomplishments.
I encourage you to watch this uplifting video:


nelyo_russandol at 2011-09-20 20:12 (UTC) (Link)
Ok, so I understand what has been achieved, and it's great news - in fact, it seems outrageous equality wasn't there already - but why was this law called with that name?

elfscribe5 at 2011-09-20 20:42 (UTC) (Link)
The law was established during the Clinton Administration and was a compromise. Clinton had wanted to overturn the ban on homosexuals. Prior to DADT you could not serve in the military if you were gay. I believe if you lied about it and then were discovered there would be consequences beyond a dishonorable discharge. Don't ask, don't tell said that we won't ask you about your sexual orientation, but you must keep it hidden. If it comes out, then you will be dishonorably discharged. So, it forced gay men and women in the armed services to hide their relationships and to live a lie. Here's a lot more about it, if interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_ask,_don't_tell
spiced_wine at 2011-09-20 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
This is really good to hear, Elfscribe!
elfscribe5 at 2011-09-22 06:06 (UTC) (Link)
Progress is worth celebrating. Hugs.
elfscribe5 at 2011-09-23 06:33 (UTC) (Link)
I'm mesmerized by your icon here. yum
spiced_wine at 2011-09-23 08:34 (UTC) (Link)
It is yum, I think. We all need some yum occasionally d;-)
Thranduil Oropherion Redux aka Randy
randy_o at 2011-09-21 17:18 (UTC) (Link)
Prior to DADT you could not serve in the military if you were gay.

Which was a load of horse shit. Professed gays were drafted and sent to Vietnam all the time. And then they used it as an excuse to deny promotions and to dishonorably discharge.

It was the purest hypocrisy. I'm glad it's finally done with.
elfscribe5 at 2011-09-22 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard that the military knowingly drafted gays. They probably had the excuse that they were just saying that to get out of serving. It was pure hypocrisy, the whole thing, making people lie as an official government policy. So yeah, this is good and it will be hard to undo even if we get a right wingnut next election.
Thranduil Oropherion Redux aka Randy
randy_o at 2011-09-22 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes -- they would definitely pretend not to believe you. There were openly gay people in Vietnam and as a result, some of the straights came away with their consciousness raised. A fellow soldier will have your back regardless of orientation.

One of the first people I got to know online was a gay man who had served in Vietnam before coming home and meeting his lifelong partner. They had been monogamously paired almost as long as I had, which was kind of cool. Ihope they took advantage of California's brief window of opportunity to marry legally.
chaotic_binky at 2011-09-21 09:24 (UTC) (Link)
This is wonderful news :D
elfscribe5 at 2011-09-22 05:01 (UTC) (Link)
It is.
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elfscribe5 at 2011-09-22 06:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there will still be problems in the future, but this is progress. I'm sorry that you had to experience hiding part of yourself.
dodger_sister at 2011-09-22 01:53 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this vid. I had read a lot about DADT being overturned, but it was overwhelmingly heart-warming to hear it like that. This is amazing. <3
elfscribe5 at 2011-09-22 06:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to share that vid. It really made me feel good.
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