Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Celebration of Progress

Congratulations, America! At 12:01 this morning the repeal of the infamous 1993 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Law went into affect, thereby freeing homosexuals in the military to live openly and honestly while serving the country they are willing to die for.

Despite continuing opposition from some members of Congress, top Pentagon officials have confirmed that the change in policy will have no affect on the ability of the military to fight wars or defend our nation. In anticipation of the repeal, 97% of the military has been trained to incorporate the changes.

Gay rights activists organized celebrations across the country, and gay Navy Lt. Gary Ross married his partner in a Vermont ceremony just minutes after the repeal became official. Other soldiers celebrated by officially coming out, with the official launch of a military magazine titled "OutServe," or, in the case of prominent gay activist Dan Choi, re-enlisting in the armed forces.

Today is a reminder that, while our country isn't perfect, while it has a lot to work on, we are still a country willing to change for the better, a country working towards complete social freedom and equality, a country putting in the work to live up to that old U.S. Army slogan: be all you can be.

I'll close with these two videos about what the repeal means to military members and this quote from President Barack Obama, when he signed the official repeal:  "We are not a nation that says, 'don't ask, don't tell.' We are a nation that says, 'Out of many, we are one.'

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