We were thrilled to hear that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that the U.S. military has had for years is finally officially over, and homosexuals are now allowed to openly serve. It’s a huge step for the LGBT community.
Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), commanders were not allowed to ask anyone’s sexual orientation, and gays and lesbians were asked to never reveal their orientation. If it was revealed in some way, they faced punishment and even expulsion. Although the policy was created to help protect the gays and lesbians serving the country, it really only felt like a step back in the progress towards accepting homosexuality.
The Pentagon is already acting on applications it’s received from openly gay recruits, not to mention tons of “Repeal Day” celebrations are going to start up soon enough. And even though LGBT people still have to follow strict rules of conduct, like no public displays of affection, they’re still thrilled about the decision.
WDYT, gURLs? Was this the right move for President Obama? Do you agree with the repeal of DADT? Do you disagree? Are you openly gay and interested in the military? Discuss in the comments!