Friday, July 22, 2011
President Obama announced today that the Pentagon has formally certified that the military is ready to end the "don't ask, don't tell policy." Per the legislation, sixty days after this certification, the policy will no longer be in effect, and gay men and lesbians will not have to hide their sexual identities in order to serve our country. Despite some concern by some over the course of the debate on this repeal, the Washington Post reported,
Since the new law was adopted in December, military officials have reported little resistance in the ranks to the pending repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” saying that social acceptance of gay rights has become more entrenched since the policy was adopted.
Currently, the primary thing affected by the repeal is the issue of service. The military still has to work out issues like potential spousal benefits and housing for gay servicemembers who are married.
What a hugely important step forward for one of the largest employers in the country.