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.