Repeal of DADT

Wednesday, 22 December 2010
I listened to a high-ranking military member interview today on the radio. Air Force Major Mike Almy said his entire career was spent dodging anything that had to do with his sexual orientation. He was terrified that one overheard conversation or email could get him fired for being gay. That eventually happened. He was discharged because of his sexual orientation. After today's repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Almy is excited to reenlist and serve again.

Gays and lesbians can now be proud to serve a country that doesn't fire someone (or ban someone) because they are not "mainstream." This is a historic day in the United States. Many voters are thankful to President Obama for staying true to his campaign promise.

When a woman is fired for being pregnant or a top-boss-man is fired for having a brain tumor, they each have a legal recourse to get their job back. Gay military members did not have that protection before today.

Equality is imperative in a successful, intelligent, modern society. Now, perhaps the US military, one of the most powerful forces in the world, will gain an influx of new soldiers, sailors and airmen. We need them to replace those being killed and injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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