This is an emotional day for me and for many LGBT Americans, particularly those who wish to serve their country in the military just like their straight counterparts, openly and without fear of being “found out,” without losing their livelihoods, being shamed with a dishonorable discharge, just for being who they are. Yes, America, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially repealed. People can no longer be discharged from the military for being openly Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual. It is a happy day indeed.
It is finally done, it seems. ABC News reports that a federal appeals court has reversed the decision to keep the ban on open gays in the U.S. military, effective immediately, since the Obama Administration decided that the ban is unconstitutional late last year. In a two- page long order, a three- judge panel concluded that the U.S. military will now allow openly LGBT members for the first time since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” became law in 1996.
This disgusting, unconstitutional, degrading policy has finally been repealed! Gays will soon be able to serve openly in the military. We are one step closer to having the LGBT population NOT be treated like second- class citizens. Thank you to the Democrats, and to the Republican Senators who so bravely went against their party to end discrimination in the US Armed Forces.