DADT Progress!

Eliza Eliza
Got a letter from the Human Rights Campaign! Congress voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"The vote we won today – a critical vote to repealing this law – was to overcome a filibuster by John McCain and Republican leaders in the Senate. There may be one final vote on Sunday night or Monday and which only requires a simple majority instead of 60 votes. The bill will then go to President Obama's desk, and he has promised to sign it. In the following months ahead, the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be responsible for acting expeditiously to implement a repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. HRC advises service members that repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not effective immediately and service members are still at risk of being discharged on the basis of their sexual orientation until the repeal is completely implemented.

Anyone else super excited? Not that I want to go into the military, but this is such a huge step toward equality that I can't help wanting to celebrate.
12/19/2010
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Porfiriato Porfiriato
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
Got a letter from the Human Rights Campaign! Congress voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"The vote we won today – a critical vote to repealing this law – was to overcome a filibuster by John McCain and Republican ... More
Yes! very excited.
12/19/2010
Emily! Emily!
Oh man... This step towards a better world has made me so happy. Like seriously, it's about freaking time....
12/20/2010
tim1724 tim1724
I think one of the important aspects of this vote is that eight Republicans voted for the repeal. They're finally starting to take notice of public opinion, I think. (About 3/4 of Americans favored the repeal.)

It could still take up to a year for the armed services to actually implement the policy change. The Marines, in particular, are likely to drag their feet. A lot of homophobes there. On the other hand, I'd expect the Air Force to sort things out pretty quickly.
12/20/2010
Airekah Airekah
I don't think the Republicans are starting to take notice of public opinion, but I am glad that they are reconsidering this. =)
12/21/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
I remember only months ago when this would have incited a party within me. I was waiting for the day this would happen so that I could be with my partner in public and not be a secret anymore. It would have turned my 8-year relationship into something legitimate and worth all of the effort I put into it. So as much as I'm glad this finally happened for all the worthy service members out there... it's bittersweet to me...
12/23/2010
Lady Neshamah Lady Neshamah
this is a huge step in the right direction!!!!! but people can't be out just yet and that's what is sad.

i've been hearing that a lot of the lawsuits that are already against dadt will stand. with luck, my best friend can actually get back in the military after is on the books.
12/25/2010
Mr. & Mrs. Peg Mr. & Mrs. Peg
I served in the military alongside heroes that I knew were gay, but were unable to come out. I think this is a huge step forward. I think that the biggest obstacles will come from the old guard. I think that younger troops don't care and will get along just fine.
12/25/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
Quote:
Originally posted by Eliza
Got a letter from the Human Rights Campaign! Congress voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"The vote we won today – a critical vote to repealing this law – was to overcome a filibuster by John McCain and Republican ... More
We are a military family (my husband is in the Army) and are very excited that congress voted to stop discriminating!

My children, who have been following the fight to repeal, along with participating in focus groups on post, woke up early on the morning of the signing to witness history being made.

We celebrated after but displaying a pride flag in the front of our house on post.

12/27/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
Quote:
Originally posted by Lady Neshamah
this is a huge step in the right direction!!!!! but people can't be out just yet and that's what is sad.

i've been hearing that a lot of the lawsuits that are already against dadt will stand. with luck, my best friend can ... More
Service members who were discharged under the DADT policy will be invited to reenlist after the new policy goes into place.
12/27/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
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Originally posted by tim1724
I think one of the important aspects of this vote is that eight Republicans voted for the repeal. They're finally starting to take notice of public opinion, I think. (About 3/4 of Americans favored the repeal.)

It could still take up to ... More
The funny thing is that according to polls conducted by the military, the combat service members are more supportive of the repeal than those with administrative positions.

This makes sense to me as there seems to be a greater commodore with combat soldiers.
12/27/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
Quote:
Originally posted by mysecretcollection
We are a military family (my husband is in the Army) and are very excited that congress voted to stop discriminating!

My children, who have been following the fight to repeal, along with participating in focus groups on post, woke up early ... More
Awesome pic! We marched in the National Equality Parade last year alongside SLDN (service members legal defense network) and other gay service members or friends of service members who carried posters or wore t-shirts commemorating those who were discharged or who committed suicide because of DADT.

I actually cried when the repeal was signed!
12/27/2010
mysecretcollection mysecretcollection
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Originally posted by PassionQT
Awesome pic! We marched in the National Equality Parade last year alongside SLDN (service members legal defense network) and other gay service members or friends of service members who carried posters or wore t-shirts commemorating those who were ... More
It was very emotional at our house as well, so I can understand crying.
12/27/2010
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