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The End of an Era…Finally

 

 

By Katie Kather

 

US military policy, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell officially ended today.  The repeal was signed into law last December.

The policy banned openly gay Americans from serving in the military.  Apparently, the policy was former President Clinton’s way of compromising.  Prior to the 1993 policy, homosexual members of the military would face severe penalties, including discharge.  During the 18 year period of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy you could be gay in the military, you just had to keep it a secret.

Does anybody else find it hard to believe that it is 2011 and this is just happening?

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell came on the heels of several states passing laws to allow same – sex marriage.  Again, a reminder that it is 2011.

The fact is, America is still rife with inequality when it comes to it’s homosexual citizens.  As a nation, we are still burdened with citizens and policy makers that staunchly believe in stifling viewpoints they do not understand.

For people who advocate for equality, today was bittersweet.  The day came and went with little coverage but we can take solace in the fact that history was made today and our nation will be better for it.

5 comments

  1. Sorry to stir up trouble here, but I think the coverage of this story is a little biased. Not all that oppose homosexuality are doing so because they “staunchly believe in stifling viewpoints they do not understand.” You cannot assume that those who oppose homosexuality do not understand it.

    It doesn’t matter what people SHOULD do in this situation, it’s what they DO that matters. I can’t help but think the Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy probably protected a number of homosexuals in the military from outright ridicule and ostracism during their service.

    Just because it is 2011 does not mean that everyone is as loving as they should be.

    • Thanks for the feedback. It is biased because it’s an opinion piece 🙂 thanks for reading and sharing!

  2. Thank you for sharing your viewpoints!

  3. I hope I don’t get in trouble for my opinion but at this point my question is: Does it really matter if someone in the military has or not a different sexual preference NOW??? Let’s just go back in time, back to all the hard times, the wars, the conflicts were our nation had been involved. Was it really necessary to change things around? Haven’t we had succeeded, most of the time?. Are there any complains because someone that fought for our freedom is not what society wants him/her to be?
    I have so many things and arguments about this topic that I must reserve because, again, who knows I might get in trouble for?. No people, if someone ever thought we were free and had all the rights established in our Constitution; think again…I bet there are way too many restrictions.
    At the end, freedom of speech for what? To get kick out of a military branch? I wish those who are making the changes now were in the shoes of those who fight each day for our “dreams of freedom” and discrimination day after day this country becomes more religious. Freedom, freedom…no one has the right to choose and the lucky ones that do are those who oppress the rest now.