Dec 29, 2010 @ 9:17 am | By TheFeministGriote | 3 Comments
“It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly.”-President Barack Obama
Sixty-two years after President Harry Truman signed the order to end segregation in the U.S. military America has taken yet another huge milestone in the fight for civil rights. On December 22, 2010 President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the DADT bill. With a vote of 65 to 31 with eight Republicans siding with Democrats the 17 year old battle in America has finally come to a halt. America has finally decided to do right by those brave men and women who risk their lives and limbs for our freedom who just so happen to be gay or lesbian. According to Time.com 25 other countries already allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. Our closest neighbor Canada allows gays and lesbians in their military and Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve since 1993. It is safe to say that America was late once again to the equality party!
The ending of DADT not only allows the military to recruit and retain the best and brightest soldiers which will essentially make for a stronger military body, but it also lays the foundation for gay marriage to become legal. The rights of gay and lesbian Americans may be at the bottom of the totem pole for many Americans, but it will finally make the words our fore-fathers penned in 1776 in the Declaration of Independence that more inclusive and truthful: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men(women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We all know that our fore-fathers weren’t talking about Blacks, women, and certainly not the GAYS, but it doesn’t negate the statement!
With DADT being repealed America can start 2011 on the right track. Everyone matters in America not just those who can afford high-priced lobbyist to lobby for their “needs and wants.” Change does not happen over night. It will take time for the climate of hate and exclusion to be changed and for some people like the John McCain’s of the world it may never change, but at least that bigotry will no longer be tolerated by the law. Change is coming to America whether you want it or not and contrary to popular belief gays and lesbians do have a right to live openly if they so wish. Gays and lesbians have always been part of our society and we need to stop acting like we are doing them a favor by allowing them in our midst. Gays and lesbians deserve all the rights and freedoms that is afforded to every American. Like I always say no minority should ever cosign the exclusion of another minority.
What are your thoughts on the military repealing DADT & on gay marriage?
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