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For First Time Ever, Openly Gay Cadets Graduate From Air Force Academy: VIDEO


It was no ordinary graduation at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs yesterday, for it was the school's first commencement since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, meaning that among the thousand or so cadets who received a diploma from President Obama there were for the first time openly gay men and women. And, shockingly, the sky didn't fall.

"Basically, it was just another day when DADT was repealed,” Air Force Academy spokesman John Van Winkle told ABC News' Devin Dwyer. “No big changes, no real growing pains.  Most of American society has become much more accepting of the LGBT community over the years since President Clinton made the forward-thinking choice in the early ’90s to go from a strict no-gay policy to DADT."

Watch Dwyer's video report on yesterday's graduation, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. What a heady scene, with jets flying overhead, a handshake from the President, cheers, thrown hats and openly gay cadets doing just fine. Woof!

    I wonder how many in this class of a thousand were gay?

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 24, 2012 7:18:55 AM

  2. Congrats graduates!

    Posted by: KFLO | May 24, 2012 7:56:29 AM

  3. Many the Social-conservatives should take a look at the post-DADT military and note that there have been no major "incidents" in the months since the policy change.
    - No mass resignations.
    - No major reports of assaults on gays...or by gays.
    - Morale hasn't tanked.
    ...And the sky hasn't fallen.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | May 24, 2012 9:42:46 AM

  4. UFFDA, I do wonder the same thing - and if any of the cadets in that piece are! I don't get that comment about closing the door when a member of the opposite sex is in someone's room. What does that have to do with the repeal of DADT?

    Posted by: K | May 24, 2012 11:16:06 AM

  5. @Ted
    Exactly. Many of them knew that would be the case. That's why they fought repeal so hard for so long.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | May 24, 2012 11:16:38 AM

  6. The article says "at least four" graduates are out publicly, and several more are LGBT but want remain low-profile.

    Posted by: K | May 24, 2012 11:23:45 AM

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