Gays Allowed into the Military: A Victory for the GLBT Community

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The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy enacted in 1993 by the Clinton administration that barred gay people from revealing their sexual identity was lifted in a final vote in the Senate on Saturday.  This is a majority victory for the gay community who has been fighting for equal rights in the military and was concerned that this Congress, which is still controlled by the Democrats would not get the ban passed before the new Congress in January. 

 

The Senate voted 65-31 favoring its repeal prohibiting any potential filibuster from occurring.  This was the last hurdle for the ban of the bill after the House voted in favor of the repeal earlier this week.  This is also a significant decision for President Obama who campaigned on the promise of lifting the ban on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.  In recent months it appeared that Obama had backed off on his promise by not acting on the bill sooner.

 

Pressure to repel the bill mounted after the Pentagon's report that showed 69% of the current military surveyed expressed objection to serving with an openly gay person and didn't think it would negatively impact their ability to protect our country.  The outcome of this report appeared to surprise to many who opposed lifting the ban, including Republican Senator, John McCain, who was not in favor of lifting the ban.  The report caused a shift, in which, moderate Republicans joined forces with the Democrats in the Senate for the repeal of the Bill.

 

The Bill is expected to be signed by the President by the end of the week.  The current policy will remain in effect until the new rules are in place, which will take at least two months.  About 14,000 gay men and women have been discharged from the military under the current policy from 1993-2009.  The lift on the, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy represents a major victory for gay rights.  Gays now can openly be who they are without living in hypocrisy and fearful for losing their job for being openly gay.

 

Welcome to a new era in America.  It was time for change.

 

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  • Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender...I don't really care, just kill terrorists. Godspeed to all those in the military and keep safe. Semper fi

  • Thanks for your comment. I agree with you! Merry Christmas to our troops and to all that serve this country. With all of its problems it is still the best in the world.

  • A victory for the GLB community. Transgender folk will still be given a less than honorable discharge.

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