Today, I am proud to be an American. This weekend, the 111th United States fixed a great injustice. Specifically they remove the stimulations in federal law Pub.L. 103-160, banning openly non-heterosexuals from serving in our military. Of course, Pub.L. 103-160 is known by the public as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And when President Obama signs it into law this week, it will be gone, after 17 long years.
I am proud of those who choose the side of equality over ignorance, bigotry and hate. There is no valid reason to support this policy. The public favor open LGBT in the military. More importantly, the majority of those military men and women on the ground, serving our country currently, are willing to accept it. These are not close opinions. In both cases, it is nearly seventy percent who support open LGBT servicemen and women.
This was a single issue bill. No extras attached, no other bullshit to pretend to oppose. This was a straight up and down vote to see who supports equality and who support bigotry. How did your representatives do? Find out. Here is the Senate breakdown, and here is the House. I am proud that both my senators and my representative all voted yes. Thank you.
Now, this does not immediately allow LGBT to openly serve. It must be signed by the President, certified by his senior staff with the military, then endure a 60-day waiting period. With the homophobic and dismissive remarks from many senior military staff, there will definitely be some opposition and feet dragging about this. But it is my hope that we will see this policy implemented within the next year.
This long saga is coming to an end. One more piece of injustice against the LGBT has fallen. Hopefully there are more to come.
-That is all.