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President Obama's Statement Addressing The End Of DADT

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It's a great day to be an American!

The official repeal of the discouraging Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy went into effect at 12:01am Tuesday morning.

Following the great moment in history, The White House released this official statement from President Obama:

Today, the discriminatory law known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is finally and formally repealed. As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service.

I was proud to sign the Repeal Act into law last December because I knew that it would enhance our national security, increase our military readiness, and bring us closer to the principles of equality and fairness that define us as Americans. Today’s achievement is a tribute to all the patriots who fought and marched for change; to Members of Congress, from both parties, who voted for repeal; to our civilian and military leaders who ensured a smooth transition; and to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform who showed that they were ready to move forward together, as one team, to meet the missions we ask of them.

For more than two centuries, we have worked to extend America’s promise to all our citizens. Our armed forces have been both a mirror and a catalyst of that progress, and our troops, including gays and lesbians, have given their lives to defend the freedoms and liberties that we cherish as Americans. Today, every American can be proud that we have taken another great step toward keeping our military the finest in the world and toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals.

Step by step, we can see the light of equality getting brighter at the end of this tunnel!!!

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26 comments to “President Obama's Statement Addressing The End Of DADT”

  1. buck says – reply to this


    Finally! An end to the idiotic Bill Clinton policy. Now 2% of the country can celebrate and its survival of the fittest in the military, just the way it should be

  2. 2

    Let the beatings begin.

  3. 3

    Yes, FINALLY…IF only ALL discriminatory laws would end, then there would be TOTAL celebration….Baby steps and slow progress is fine for now I suppose! Equal rights for ALL!!!

  4. 4

    Re: Pubic_Scalp_child_bullier – We no longer get our asses kicked…….believe me, there's nothing more embarrassing than getting your ass kicked by a queen, ask the prick who tried to fuck with me a month ago at The Hardrock in downtown Chicago!

  5. buck says – reply to this


    another failed progressive policy!

  6. 6

    I am honestly not sure how this is going to go knowing the military culture.

  7. 7

    Hey, your vagina is showing again.

  8. 8

    I'm thoroughly impressed with his statement! Now on to DOMA.

  9. 9

    Re: Pubic_Scalp_child_bullier – I for one hope a beating does happen. So those soldiers get thier ignorant a$$es kicked out of the military and it shows the rest of the military that, like it or not, DADT is over and the military obeys orders. And if you don't like it - leave with a dishonorable discharge.

  10. 10

    I do think this will hurt enlistment of many straight guys who really, really dont want to have GAYS in the bunk next to them
    But than again it will be a big draw for many GAYS who want to serve, get an education, and be open about who they are

  11. d.f. says – reply to this


    Re: GayRay – well aren't we the tough boy.

  12. 12

    Yes it's a great day to be an American. We're all proud of the way Obama go rid of the DADT policy. Now if he can get rid of the unemployment lines and the crappy economy that everyone equally lives in. Yes it is good to be an American !

  13. 13

    "It's a great day to be an American!" Unless your name is Troy Davis.

    I'm happy for this step in the right direction, trust me. But maybe you should also use your platform to raise awareness in these critical last few hours to rally people and your president to speak out and attempt to stop the execution of a possibly (very likely) innocent man.

  14. 14

    Re: buck – you REALLY like the gay issues. Do you post on anything else? Just come out all ready. Real straight guys aren't nearly this obsessed with gay guys.

  15. @v@ says – reply to this


    DADT unfairly cut short the careers of many fit, trained, dedicated and qualified gay servicemen and women. Hopefully that's the end of that. Are they going to be able to re-enlist and perhaps gain back some of their service years?

  16. 16

    god america is so far behind and backwards on social issues. great official statement by President Obama though.

  17. buck says – reply to this


    Re: phoenixfreak92 – it just that the gay agenda is so inconsequential that its laughable. 2% of the population is considered gay and its hysterical that people get so worked up over it. Liberals are great for caring so much about things they know so little about

  18. buck says – reply to this


    Re: phoenixfreak92 – damn, and i got outed on perezhilton.com…whats a guy to do now!! guess i'll go to a parde or maybe get a rainbow decal for my car.

  19. 19

    Re: phoenixfreak92 – How could you make a comment that all of Buck's comments are homophobic? You're a fake account. Your writing style(s) is identical to the other fake posse members.

  20. 20

    Re: snuffy – Another phantom account. Gawd, Perez must be desperate for posters.

  21. 21

    Re: sanfran1 – SanFran, we already know that you are a fake posse member too. Quick, what's at 4th and Townsend? Let's see how much time it takes you to find it on the internet.

  22. 22

    Re: buck
    As of April 2011, approximately 3.5% of American adults identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, while 0.3% are transgender—approximately 11.7 million Americans.
    so i guess to you 11.7 million people are inconsequential. and i'm sure this is a low average since there are so many closeted people in America. it really shouldn't boil down to how many people are in any particular group. all people should have the same rights. and it's nice to see at least some Americans getting so "worked up" over it. it's called compassion for your fellow man, something you obviously have none of.

  23. 23

    And now let the lawsuits begin. It is ither going to be I didnt get a promotion because they knew I was gay or I was harrassed becuase I was gay etc. Very bad idea not going to work at all in the military world!

  24. 24

    Thank Gawd this stupid ass policy has been revoked. It has been at a huge cost to the men and women who were removed from service as well as an administrative cluster fuck that wasted taxpayer money.

  25. 25

    Re: buck – my boyfriend wouldnt b caught dead on perez let alone systematically post on gay themed topics. Me thinkst the lady doth protest too much :)

  26. 26

    Re: AttFinch – I think it impacts more than the number of individuals you mention. Some of these service members who were discharged supported families, partners and children. Moreover, the military forces lost many highly talented/skilled service people. They are either irreplaceable or the cost to train new recruits is huge. And what is the incentive for a skilled new recruit to join the services for their country if they are to be shat upon?