After 17 years, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Act has been officially repealed! The discriminatory law, which banned gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, forced thousands of soldiers to be discharged from the military. Fortunately, these soldiers will be permitted to re-enlist in the military and current soldiers will no longer have to hide their sexual orientation from their comrades.
All I can think to say after 20 years is: It’s About Time! This law has been into effect for most of my life, but it’s about time that the U.S. finally came to it’s senses to end this discrimination. Why does it matter what the sexual orientation of someone in the military is? The gay and lesbian soldiers in our Armed Forces are fighting for freedom. They are going overseas to defend our nation. They are giving up time with their families and friends. They are risking their lives, just like every other soldier.
Organizations, such as the Human Rights Campaign, have been advocating their disapproval of this law ever since it was put into effect. They have sent thousands of emails and letters to repeal this act, and finally their hard work has paid off.
President Barack Obama could not have said any better, “Today, every American can be proud that we have taken another great step towards keeping our military the finest in the world and toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals.”
LGBT members of the community can finally rip the metaphorical tape away from their mouths and smile as they serve our country proud!