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President Obama: DADT's Repeal 'Strengthened' National Security

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Commemorating the one-year anniversary of Don't Ask, Don't Tell's official repeal, President Obama said that the end of the discriminatory law has "strengthened" our national security.

"As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian," Mr. Obama said in a statement. "The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world."

Read his statement in full AFTER THE JUMP.

A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love.

It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian.

The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world.

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  1. We should indeed congratulate ourselves; we have finally caught up with the Sacred Band of Thebes......well we have nearly caught up !

    It is the grotesqueness of our superstition and our obsession with the supernatural that has held us back.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 20, 2012 2:36:32 PM


  2. PS : i.e. Religion

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 20, 2012 2:41:01 PM


  3. Doesn't mean that Romney and the House Republicans won't roll it back if they get a chance.
    The current folks who are out in the military? Maybe Mitt will be generous and give them honorable discharges...if the Temple Square leadership approves.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Sep 20, 2012 2:41:17 PM


  4. Indeed!

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 20, 2012 2:42:17 PM


  5. Well, duh. It's a purifier, really. Those with valor and integrity remain. Those who are such wimps that they're terrified of showering next to a gay dude, and thus would be useless in a combat zone, and gone.

    Werk.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 20, 2012 2:46:18 PM


  6. This morning, I got a curious e-mail from the director of SLDN in which the only people he thanked for ending the ban are … wait for it … drum roll … straight. Not Frank Kameny. Not Leonard Matlovich nor Skip Keith nor Debbie Watson and Barbara Randolph nor Copy Berg nor Robert LeBlanc nor Don Slater nor Stephen Donaldson nor Jeffrey Dunbar. Not Miriam Ben-Shalom nor Perry Watkins nor Dusty Pruitt nor Jim Woodward nor Dennis Beller nor Cliff Arnesen nor Stan Berry nor Bill Lake nor Chuck Schoen nor Barbara Baum nor Joe Steffan nor Jim Holobaugh nor Karen Stupski nor Dirk Selland nor Keith Meinhold nor Tracey Thorne-Begland nor Zoe Dunning nor Justin Elsie nor Tom Paniccea nor Alan Stevens nor Tanya Domi nor Joe Zuniga nor Tom Swann nor Jim Darby nor Don MacIver nor Jim Donavan nor Nancy Russell nor Mel Tips nor Paul Hardman nor Arch Wilson nor Burt Gerrits nor Brenda Vosbein nor Rich Richenberg nor Keith Blaesing nor Paul Thomasson nor Michele Benecke nor Danny Ingram nor Denny Meyer nor Mike Rankin nor Bleu Copas nor Keith Kerr nor Al Steinman nor Virgil Richard nor Eric Alva nor Alan Rogers nor Margaret Witt nor Dan Choi nor Jim Pietrangelo nor Katie Miller nor Jonathan Hopkins nor Evelyn Thomas nor Larry Whitt nor Autumn Sandeen nor Ian Finkenbender nor Mara Boyd nor Rob Smith nor Geoff Farrow nor any of the other multiple LGBT active duty service members and veterans and civilians who MADE straight people pay attention; who MADE them finally end the ban on gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans serving out and proud. It is THEY everyone should be thanking today!

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Sep 20, 2012 3:21:07 PM


  7. I'm counting down the time until the Religious Right issue their own report purporting to show that the repeal of DADT was a disaster - today would be a great day to release it.

    speaking of talents... remember a few years ago when the military fired a group of ARABIC experts because they were gay - in spite of the great need for them (usually a great reason to look the other way)?

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 20, 2012 3:50:14 PM


  8. This never would have happened under a President McCain.....or Romney.

    Posted by: Brian in Tucson | Sep 20, 2012 5:22:35 PM


  9. Thank you Mr. Bedwell...you are a valuable conscience here, rightfully reminding us of the names and deeds of those who have gone before and prepared the way. They are our "ancestors" and a reverence for ancestors, as worship of the sun, is by far the oldest form of spiritual practice. Do continue to keep us aware.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 20, 2012 11:52:39 PM


  10. Actually the Religious Right did issue a report (on 17 September) claiming that the repeal of DADT was actually highly problematic. The sun rose in the east.

    http://www.alliancealert.org/2012/09/17/no-cause-for-celebration-dadt-repeal-immediately-creates-major-problems-for-service-members/

    In other unsurprising nonsense, they are crying for religious freedom for themselves (which is already guaranteed by an opt out clause) while denying it to chaplains who are sympathetic to LGBT issues.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 21, 2012 8:29:28 AM


  11. Actually the Religious Right did issue a report (on 17 September) claiming that the repeal of DADT was actually highly problematic. The sun rose in the east.

    http://www.alliancealert.org/2012/09/17/no-cause-for-celebration-dadt-repeal-immediately-creates-major-problems-for-service-members/

    In other unsurprising nonsense, they are crying for religious freedom for themselves (which is already guaranteed by an opt out clause) while denying it to chaplains who are sympathetic to LGBT issues.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 21, 2012 8:29:34 AM


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