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  1. Jeffrey in St. Louis says

    I am very glad that DADT has been repealed and the repeal certified.

    But I found it very annoying that the video created to mark this historic day was a campaign piece for Obama 2012.

    Tacky, Mr. President. Very, very tacky.

  2. sparks says

    Okay take note anti-Obama folks: this kind of moment will NEVER happen under a republican president. You might not like some of the man’s policies but Obama is a better hope for equality than you’ll get by voting for anyone from the GOP.

  3. says

    It has always been an unconstitutional law as the courts have said and those discharged under it need to sue the Dept, of Defence (Eng Sp),,,for damages, compensation, reinstatement and loss of promotion.
    Let the US govt now own up to its own iniquity and try to repair the devastation of lives that the Govt has wrought.

  4. says

    Much of this commentry is too complimentry of America………
    It is hardly a major achievement that the USA has caught up with the practices of every other army/military in Europe.
    And even less worthy of praise that such a policy of bigotry should have been tolerated for so long.

  5. David says

    Jeffrey,

    It may be tacky but this is politics. And since there has been such a dog pile on him about campaign promises unfulfilled, I honestly can’t blame him for going down this road.

  6. SJoe says

    TACKY. And this wasn’t even his idea. This was Gaga’s. Why would you want to take credit of something from someone who wears a meat dress? Oh right. Obama doesn’t have a brain either.

  7. David says

    Make no mistake about it: despite all his weaknesses, Obama delivered on this promise. Maybe not as quickly as you may have liked, but he did it, along with invaluable support from SLDN, Lieberman, Gillibrand, Rep. Murphy, et al. And it wasn’t easy. McCain and Graham came VERY close to killing this. Once the Reps took over the House and with their increased Senate seats and indebtedness to the Tea Party, come Jan 2011, this would have been dead for another 5 or 10 years. The Republican leadership would NEVER have acted on the movement to repeal. Remember that when it’s time to vote in 2012.

  8. Ted B. (Charging Rhino) says

    Somewhere in Heaven Maj. General Baron Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand von Steuben, Drillmaster, Chief of Staff and Inspector General of the Continental Army, author of “Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States” is smiling.

  9. NorthoftheBorder says

    um….@ron.. the terrorists hate you for other reasons not because you have gays in the military. @sjoe.. discrimination is ALWAYS wrong. make no mistake about that. you wouldn’t need to “protect America” like you do if you all thought differently. reap what you sow

  10. Bob R says

    @ron, if by “…terrorists to hate America” you mean Republicans, then you may be right. The Republicans are terrorists and they do hate America.

    @sjoe: Discrimination in taste may not always be wrong, although I’m sure it’s always debatable. However, I fail to see how DADT protected gays when it was actually used against us. Would you care to explain that comment? I’d be interested in your reasoning.

    I for one am glad this ridiculous and un-Constitutional law is gone and hope it stays gone. I left the military and a job that I was excellent at and really loved because I could no longer risk hiding and denying my sexuality. If I wanted a life of abstinence I could have entered the priesthood. To have any kind of sexual relationship or to be even seen in or around a gay venue(bar, club, bath, etc) risked discharge. So, I reluctantly returned to civilian life.

    I have always resented being denied my chosen career by a bigoted and ignorant society. And even though I did well in civilian life, I was never truly happy outside the military. It is a dream career I wanted from early childhood and was denied for no good reason, other than hate, ignorance and intolerance. Well, I’m glad it’s done so other gay men who love the military lifestyle no longer have to make the unhappy choice I did.

  11. ohplease says

    Sparks, you fool, it’s the Obama administration that not only refused to outlaw discrimination against currently openly gay military people — yes, even now — but it’s Obama who only did this because we forced him to. His plan was to make sure it never happened by waiting until 2011 — maybe — to start it. And it’s his damn “justice” department that is right this second fighting to make sure that DADT is not declared unconstitutional in the courts.

    Really, I have to ask just how stupid one has to be anymore in order to support Barry Obama?

  12. Boone says

    A very well done video, regardless of who made it. To the critics of Obama posting here, I can’t wait to read your shrill commentaries after President Romney takes over. Our President supported and worked for this repeal since the day he took office. Get over your bitchy selves and celebrate this giant step towards full equality. Your whining appears petty compared to what the service members in the video have endured. This never would have happened under a Republican president nor would it have happened if Democrats weren’t in the majority in the House when it all began.

  13. Artie says

    @ OhPlease,

    Your the fool. To pass repeal in the Senate, the votes of “moderate Republicans” senators were needed. Those swing-vote senators said, in their own words, that they would vote for repeal only if the Pentagon brass testified in Congress that they were OK with repeal. The Pentagon brass *repeatedly* stated that they would only be on board if equal-opportunity/anti-discrimination language was deleted from the bill. Maybe the Pentagon brass will agree to anti-discrimination language in the future, but they sure weren’t willing to do that last year, when the repeal bill was being debated.

    I’m sure you can use elementary logic, OhPlease. If the bill contained anti-discrimination language, the Pentagon was not willing to testify that they were on board. If the Pentagon was not on board, the swing-vote Republican senators would have voted no, thus dooming repeal. Yet you insist on blaming Obama for this. What do you use for brains? Think it through again. By the way, your desire for Obama’s Republican opponent to win in 2012 shows how self loathing you are. Yes, OhPlease, you’re a self-loathing queer who would love to see an anti-gay result in the 2012 general elections. Why do you continue to embarrass yourself by acting as a Romney/Perry cheerleader? Can you find something less self-hating to do? Soon? Please? Oh, please?

  14. Artie says

    @ OhPlease,

    In the interest of being complete, I will include a rephrasing of your past logic (using all caps, of course):

    NAME ONE, JUST ONE SENATOR WHO SAID THAT THEY WOULDN’T VOTE FOR REPEAL IF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LANGUAGE WERE INCLUDED!!!!!!!!!!

    In answer to this hysterical statement, I would point you to the logic I outlined above. The Pentagon brass wasn’t willing to go along with non-discrimination language. The swing-vote senators were only willing to vote “yes” if the Pentagon brass testified that they were on board with repeal. I don’t think we have to satisfy the conditions in your hysterical statement above in order to understand basic logic: If A doesn’t happen, B won’t happen. If B doesn’t happen, C won’t happen. Duh. Now tell me that Obama’s ability to change the minds of the generals wasn’t as complete as you think it should be. Read a little bit about Harry Truman’s inability to strong-arm the Pentagon brass as quickly as civil rights activists wanted concerning racial integration.

    Another thought occurred to me, OhPlease. Could I confusing you with another commenter? If so, accept my apologies. Wait a minute. Someone just told me that Hillary Clinton is playing around with a Ouija Board right now. She’s channeling the ghost of Joan Crawford.

  15. BobN says

    “And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service.”

    Thanks is nice, but I’d like to see some progress on addressing the discriminatory treatment even honorably discharged service members are still experiencing.

    I also dream of some sort of restitution, but this being America, I realize that’s a pipe dream.

  16. newcityspot says

    No complaints. Let’s be happy this happened because this gives the chance for people who are willing to give their lives for US, whether we agree with what our country does, to do so with respect and dignity.

  17. says

    Frankly, I like the idea that Obama is embracing the repeal and including it in a video for the 2012 campaign.

    Like our current Governor Shumlin, who used his support for marriage in his favor.

    And UNLIKE our earlier Gov. Dean, who hid from his signature of the bill until it was safe to come out.

    It’s great that DADT was repealed
    AND it’s great that a President can use that repeal in his campaign.

    MichaelBedwell: Words fail me. Next you’ll be claiming like the wingnuts that Obama can’t speak without a teleprompter.

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