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Here Comes the Sun: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Takes Effect
By Rebecca E. Neely

Gay rights, gay marriage and all the heated debates on the controversial subjects have been at the forefront of the nation’s news for
years, but even more so as of late, with New York’s newly enacted gay marriage law, and California’s continuing battle over Prop 8.
This week, the long awaited - at least for some - death of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law made historic headlines.

                              09/22/11                                  Per the article, the Pentagon said ‘’97 percent of the military
                                                                        has undergone training in the new law.’’
                              Obama signed legislation that
                              ended the DADT policy in January.         In addition, ‘’all pending investigations, discharges and other’’
                                                                        proceedings brought under the law will end.
It’s been a long cold, lonely winter.
                                                                        What will remain the same? Standards already in place
Here comes the sun.                                                     regarding ‘’public displays of affection,’’ without regard to
                                                                        sexual orientation. Also, ‘’eligibility standards for military
According to the September 20th article, ‘’Don’t            benefits’’ will remain status quo.
ask, don’t tell’’ consigned to history’’, the repeal of the law
that permitted gays to serve in the military as ‘’long as they          Passed during the Clinton administration in 1993, DADT
kept their sexual orientation private,’’ went into effect Tuesday       disallowed people who ‘’demonstrate a propensity or intent to
at 12:01am EDT. The law had been in effect since 1993.                  engage in homosexual acts’’ from service in the armed forces
                                                                        of the United States, as they ‘’would create an unacceptable
While some are still opposed to the change, top Pentagon                risk to the high standards of morale, good order and
leaders certify ‘’it will not undermine the military’s ability to       discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military
recruit or to fight wars’’, per the article.                            capability,’’ per information at

In response to the end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, celebrations         The end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, could perhaps, in many
all over the country were planned by gay advocacy groups.               regards, be heralded as the fall of a Berlin Wall, of sorts,
And, in anticipation of the lifting of the ban, the military has        on many fronts. And, dare it be said, with the repeal of the
accepted applications in past weeks from openly gay recruits.           eighteen year old law, it would appear, perhaps, that the
                                                                        government has lent support to the argument not only for gay
In conjunction with the end of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ the             rights, but perhaps for gay marriage as well.
Defense Department will publish new regulations regarding
the repeal; for example references to banned homosexual
service will be eliminated.


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