Patrick Murphy Celebrates One Year Anniversary Of DADT’s Repeal

DADTOneFormer Congressman Patrick Murphy, the moderate Democrat instrumental in Don't Ask, Don't Tell's repeal, reflected on the one year anniversary of the discriminatory law's demise today at The Daily Beast.

"Today, we mark the first anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," Murphy writes. "We recognize the thousands of troops who were unfairly targeted by the policy and thank them for their service to our nation. We take a moment to celebrate the fact that our military has made historic progress in the march toward full equality for all men and women."

DADT's end wasn't simply about the armed services; it was the beginning of a new era in America.

By relegating DADT to the history books, we paid tribute to principles of fairness and justice on which this nation was founded. True, there is much more that must be done to ensure that the rights of all Americans are recognized by our military and by our government. But this historic achievement is paving the way for progress.

It has fundamentally changed the political landscape as it relates to LGBT rights. Openly gay candidates like Sean Patrick Maloney, who is running for Congress in New York are changing the conversation. Sean and his husband have been together for 20 years and they have three wonderful children. His family is central to his campaign. Not just to promote LGBT equality—which he does—but to connect with average voters concerned about education and the economy.

Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, marriage equality was included in the Democratic Party platform—the first time this has ever happened. Since DADT was repealed, four states have passed legislation supporting gay marriage.

Murphy's optimistic that these developments, as well as shifting public opinion, particularly in states like Minnesota that will vote on equality in November, are the stepping stones to a more inclusive nation, but warns that citizens must not become complacent with regard to opponents to equality.

This election, on a national and state level, presents voters with a choice, he says; one that will either lead our country in the right direction or right back to a discriminatory sexual caste system. "On November 6th, our nation will decide what path we take—a path that leads us backward to a less just past, or the challenging but necessary path forward toward a more perfect union for our country’s future."

Towleroad legal guru Ari Ezra Waldman says Murphy is one of the people who really "gets it". "Don't Ask, Don't Tell was not only a discriminatory, odious law that violated our constitutional tradition," he says, "but its repeal and relegation to the dust bin of history was essential for the removal of every future vestige of discrimination: most notably, DOMA and state marriage bans."

"[Murphy] also understands that the best way to win greater political and legal success is to support candidates like Sean Patrick Maloney, who will not only be a great congressman, but who proudly bring their gay identities to Congress to help all Americans." And, I'm sure, inspire a whole new generation of fair-minded leaders.


  1. jason says

    I’ve sometimes been critical of towleroad but I was very impressed with its coverage of the DADT repeal process. I actually think that towleroad should have won an award for its coverage.

    Now that a year has passed, isn’t it instructive that all the doomsday scenarios put forward by homophobic bigots have not materialized? These bigots predicted the virtual end times if DADT was repealed. Just goes to show how stupid and wrong they were.

  2. ratbastard says

    Funny. No one posts on this nice Patrick Murphy story, but jump at the opportunity to post about Jon Stewart or any story about Romney and his goofy quotes.

  3. Dave in PA says

    I’ll post – I love Patrick Murphy and can’t wait for him to get back into PA politics – we need him! His support on repealing DADT has been unwavering since the beginning.

  4. Dave in PA says

    I’ll post – I love Patrick Murphy and can’t wait for him to get back into PA politics – we need him! His support on repealing DADT has been unwavering since the beginning.

  5. "The Gay" says

    Very little coverage of this anniversary in the news today. It’s been a year, and none of the doomsday scenarios have materialized.

    You’d think there more people would take note.

  6. Smartypants says

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Murphy when I was doing some contract work in PA a few years ago. He is smart, articulate and totally adorable. We need him back in Congress.

  7. Rick says

    “Funny. No one posts on this nice Patrick Murphy story, but jump at the opportunity to post about Jon Stewart or any story about Romney and his goofy quotes.”

    It’s because he is a man, RATBASTARD. You know that. You see the same lack of comments when male pro athletes take great risks to back gay rights.

    The vast majority of gay men remain deeply psychologically mired in the oppressive past when pretty much all straight men were unremittingly homophobic and the only “respectable” people who would have anyhthing to do with gay men at all were some straight women.

    It takes a while for perception to catch up with reality and I hope that at some point it will.

    But the other aspect of it is that accepting straight men as allies and friends will mean that gay men have to face their own masculinity issues, which they have avoided doing for so long.

    And that may be an even bigger hurdle.

    Heaven knows I get constant flak and resistance on this site for even bringing the issue up.

  8. Rick says

    Have you noticed that I talk the most about the need for gay male masculinity but I can’t put a face to my comments and show myself an example of a strong masculine gay male?

    You probably have.

  9. Andrew says

    Patrick Murphy is a first class human being. He showed up a couple of weeks ago, at a Community Center where I volunteer, just to show his support for LGBT youth who were putting on an art exhibit. If you want to see what a straight, married, masculine father who supports gay rights looks like, check out Patrick Murphy. He lost his seat in the House representing a fairly conservative suburban Phila district a couple of years ago to a conservative Republican. In the last primary he narrowly lost his bid to be the democrat candidate for Atty Gen to a woman from the Pittsburg area. She had been an early supporter of Hillary and he an early supporter for Obama in their race in Pa. President Clinton, in pay back to her, came to Pa to campaign for her for Atty Gen. And so it goes. Hopefully a man like Patrick has a future in politics. Mabye he would be the right guy to challenge the ultra conservative Toomey when he comes up for reelection.