President Obama repeals “don’t ask, don’t tell”

Posted: December 22, 2010 in News

President Obama signed a landmark piece of legislation today repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” While many people have championed this bill for years now, it’s finally come to fruition. Against the likes of John McCain and a few other Republican Senators, gays and lesbians can now openly serve in our armed forces.

DADT was introduced in 1993 by President Clinton as a compromise to allow all members to serve in the military regardless of their sexual orientation. At the time gay and lesbian service members were harassed by their comrades to compel them to resign or be forced out. Surprisingly, though, reservists were exempt from this ban when it was found that members were pretending to be gay to avoid being deployed.

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act was a bill introduced in 2005 as the first attempt to repeal DADT. The bill was introduced again in 2007 and 2009.

In 2008 President Obama ran on a campaign promise to repeal DADT. Defense Secretary Robert Gates began to speak to Congress about the necessity to repeal the 93′ law stating that it doesn’t harm, nor help the defense of our country. President Obama signed it into law today, making it official that gays and lesbians can serve our country without shame. If you don’t like it, move to Sudan.

States with both Senators opposed to the repeal:

Idaho

Wyoming

Kansas

Arizona(no surprise there)

Texas

Oklahoma

Mississippi

Alabama

Georgia

South Carolina

Tennessee

States with one for repeal, one opposed:

Missouri

Florida

Louisiana

Iowa

Nebraska

West Virginia: One yes, one didn’t vote

Kentucky: One no, one didn’t vote



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