Obama Ends Ban on Gays in the U.S. Military

This just adds to the summer of fabulous news for the gay community. On Friday, President Obama officially ended the ban on gays serving in the US military along with the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy. The fact that these two regressive bans and policies were still taking place in 2011 is beyond me. I digress… Obama promised, during his election campaign, to banish these laws for the gay community. And on this past Friday, he made good on that promise.

Obama said in a recent press conference, “Service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country.”

There was originally some doubt within the upper ranks of the army if this new act would add a sense of hostility within the US military, which, clearly, is the last thing our country needs. Recently however, chiefs have commented that ending the “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy would not affect military readiness.

Gay and lesbian advocacy groups commented that the new law was “long overdue” and were “happy to see it finally pass”. First, homosexuals in New York can marry and now they are allowed to be in the US military without keeping their sexuality a secret. It’s as though our country is, dare I say it, treating them like human beings now. What a very wonderful thing!

Danielle Petersen

dp499240@sju.edu

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