President Obama's lame duck season is proving to be surprisingly successful. Obama signed the landmark bill repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The DADT policy previously prevented gay men and women from serving openly in the military. Liberals and LGBT organizations have complained that Obama wasn't acting swiftly enough to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal the controversial law.
Here are some of Obama's thoughts about the big moment:
"No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love," Obama said.
"I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform, your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military the world has ever known," Obama said.
Over 13,000 soldiers have been ejected from the military over the years after admitting to homosexual practices. Proponents of the law argue that the new legislation will create distractions during battle. As if the gay service men/women will start waving rainbow flags and hitting on everyone. Being a soldier is a job. Plenty of people go to work without advertising their orientation. That is possible. However, it is wrong to force someone to hide it. With that being said, it will be interesting to see how Mr. Bigot from Flint, Michigan will react to serving alongside a gay soldier. The future lies in how the new law is implemented. As of right now, those plans are fuzzy.
A longtime champion for gay rights, Lady Gaga also showed her happiness with the new law. Above is a picture taken from Twitter.
Here is what she had to say:
"Can’t hold back the tears+pride. We did it!i Our voice was heard today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS. Today I am so proud to be American. I wish I was home so I could throw a Parade. We are on the way…to full equality."