DADT Repealed!

Today, the Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Today, Congress finally listened to the heartfelt pleas of American troops.

Today, our military is a stronger force–no longer facing continuing decimation of the ranks, and no longer are a significant portion of troops vulnerable to blackmail.

Today, a significant portion of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp can now stand proudly in uniform, whole and free.

Today, hundreds of families can now freely support their loved ones in uniform, and hundreds of troops can now be stronger for that support.

Today, America and her Armed Forces are now stronger, freer, and more united.

The journey doesn’t end here. It will be a long journey before the damage from Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is undone. The discharge process must be stopped, the way must be opened for those discharged under DADT to return, if they wish. But that’s all paperwork. The biggest hurdle is behind us.

Let’s take this day to celebrate. Victories come all too seldom. Let’s bask in it, before we return tomorrow to work.

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About Brittany-Ann
Brittany-Ann is a proud, self-identified feminist with fictional tendencies. She currently writes for LouisvilleKY.com and moderates at My Fault I'm Female. She smokes camels, reads Dumas, and navigates a conservative state as "one of them darn liberals."

2 Responses to DADT Repealed!

  1. D W says:

    I’m truly happy this discrimination against LGB persons is done. I just wish the T were included; that trans men and women did not still need to hide and lie to serve their country as well.

    • Brittany-Ann says:

      Same here. That Mark Twain quote comes to mind about Kentucky being 20 years behind. In regards to transgender issues, that applies to the entire country. The only thing we can do is continue to work for transgender rights, and think of the DADT repeal as a baby step toward making that a reality. That doesn’t mean diddley shit to my transgender brothers and sisters right now, though. I’m one person. But I’ll continue to be a voice for equality, an ally, and a pillar of support. I hope that is enough. Though in my heart, I know it’s not.

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