Fulfilling a major campaign promise to the LGBT community, today President Obama signed the certification for Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal, which moves us to the final stage of the repeal process set out by Congress last year. 60 days from today, we will finally see the end to over 236 years of institutionalized discrimination.
DADT repeal was introduced, sponsored, championed, and passed through Congress by largely Democratic majorities and was signed by a Democratic president. This legislation would not have been possible under a Republican administration and certainly not from a Republican majority in Congress. Even as recently as two weeks ago, all but a handful of House Republicans were clamoring to defund DADT training for military chaplains.
National Stonewall Democrats PAC board member Terry Fleming, who served for 10 years in the US Navy, hailed today's news by thanking President Obama, Congress and the military brass for their leadership and courage.
"Most people take it for granted that you are straight and talking about your loved ones in the workplace is a common and everyday occurrence," continued Fleming. "For gay and lesbian service members, avoiding those discussions, or worse, changing genders when talking about one's spouse is difficult to say the least. I always felt like I was denying who I am and denying my partner's importance in my life. This denial corrosively harms relationships and destroys families.
"I join my fellow LGBT servicemen and women everywhere in celebrating the end of DADT."
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