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Friday, July 22, 2011

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is Dead

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Yeehaw! The Pentagon and Obama certified this afternoon that the 16-year-old DADT is DOA. Obama's press release via Towleroad:

As Commander in Chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. Today’s action follows extensive training of our military personnel and certification by Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen that our military is ready for repeal. As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.

Common sense only took 16 years. If you're interested, read this profile I did of Ron Rassmussen, a local decorated vet and out gay man.

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