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DADT – Certified! Finally!!

July 22, 2011

The President has certified that the Armed Forces of the United States are ready for the repeal of the policy known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. There is a 60 day waiting period. The effective date of the repeal is 20 September. After that date, those men and women who are in the military can be open about their sexual orientation.

About. Damn. Time. This has been too long in coming. If a man or a woman is prepared to volunteer to serve his/her country – their sexual orientation is not anyone’s business.

The new Secretary of Defense had this to say today:

“Today, as a result of strong leadership and proactive education throughout the force, we can take the next step in this process.”

“The president, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and I have certified that the implementation of repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention of the armed forces.

We have thrown out good soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines – because they came forward or were “outed” as being gay.  Others have had to keep quiet, had to hide their partners to be able to save their careers, to serve their country.  That’s not right!

Secretary Panetta also said in a written statement:

“All men and women who serve this nation in uniform – no matter their race, color, creed, religion or sexual orientation – do so with great dignity, bravery, and dedication,”

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs also issued a statement.  In it he said:  “My confidence in our ability to accomplish this work rests primarily on the fact that our people are capable, well-led and thoroughly professional.”

He continued:  “I have never served with finer men and women. They will, I am certain, carry out repeal and continue to serve this country with the same high standards and dignity that have defined the U.S. military throughout our history.”

I hope so too.


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