DADT Repeal To Be Implemented By Military Chiefs

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    Apr 08, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    " Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday reassured U.S. warfighters in Iraq that allowing gays to serve openly in the military will have little impact on the armed forces, an argument largely echoed by the top leaders of the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy.

    Visiting troops at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Gates was asked when repeal of the 17-year-old policy commonly known as "don't ask, don't tell" would occur and what its effect would be.

    "My guess is you won't see much change at all because the whole thrust of the training is you're supposed to go on treating everybody like you're supposed to be treating everybody now, with dignity, respect and discipline," Gates told the troops. "And the same kind of military discipline that applies to – and regulations that apply to heterosexual relationships – will apply in terms of homosexual relationships." ...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/07/dadt-repeal-to-be-impleme_n_846193.html
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    Apr 08, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Glad to see that the same high level officials who were against it have come around to seeing that there really no large push back by the troops. As a gay man in the Army, I can say that I'm glad that we'll start receiving the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

    I love the fact that one representative said "The one outcome that must be avoided is any course of action that would put the combat readiness of our military forces at risk." This being said while there is an impending government shutdown nationwide and military members may not get paid. Does this same representative think that soldiers are going to be worrying about how their families are going to get through this time of no income. I think that this would be a much larger concern and distraction for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our elected officials really need to get a grip on reality! What idiots!

    Sorry about getting on my soap box.
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    Apr 08, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    I'm just glad that it's finally going to be taking place. Not in the military, but I've gotta imagine that there's a lot of repression and guilt related to the closet. And, I'm sure this isn't going to be the closet breaker for everyone, but, hopefully, it's at least a decreasing factor in depression and whatnot for our guys out there.

    Also, historically, the military has been a great point of social change in the USA. Positive sign for the rest of us out there. Such as, what if conservative America sees these cool homosexuals that break some homo-stereotypes and then brings that acceptance back home with them? Ooh. It's a world of change out there.
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    Apr 08, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    sea_buddy saidI'm just glad that it's finally going to be taking place. Not in the military, but I've gotta imagine that there's a lot of repression and guilt related to the closet. And, I'm sure this isn't going to be the closet breaker for everyone, but, hopefully, it's at least a decreasing factor in depression and whatnot for our guys out there.

    Also, historically, the military has been a great point of social change in the USA. Positive sign for the rest of us out there. Such as, what if conservative America sees these cool homosexuals that break some homo-stereotypes and then brings that acceptance back home with them? Ooh. It's a world of change out there.



    Yup.
    Inch by inch, we're winning the war.
    But we still have some seious enemies to overcome.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gays_in_military

    As we can see from this related story - the Repubs are still hoping to stop the repeal of DADT.

    It's a damn good thing that President Obama and the Dems got the repeal passed before the Repubs took control of the House.
    Otherwise, DADT would have remained in place for who the hell knows how many more years.
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    Apr 08, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    Barring a repeal of DOMA, there will not likely be any further concessions beyond allowing gays to serve without having to conceal their orientation.

    Such as marriage benefits being extended to partnered military members to include setting up in post/base housing, or even receiving ration allowances reserved for married couples.