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MOMENT OF TRUTH: DADT Repeal Passes

UPDATED 9/20/11: DADT is officially over.  Openly gay service men and women can serve in the US Armed Forces. 

UPDATED 12/17/10: Final vote on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” passed (65-31) today.

Original post 11/30/10: The results are in.  The Department of Defense’s long awaited study on how repealing dont ask, dont tell would affect the military has been revealed.  The assessment included military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting retention and family readiness.  So, has the nation gone through an attitude adjustment?  Seemingly, a majority of Americans, active soldiers and even religious groups have shifted their attitudes about gay soldiers serving openly in the military – the numbers speak for themselves.

Seventy percent of soldiers surveyed said that its repeal would have a positive, mixed or no effect and 30% said it would have a negative effect.   It concludes that gay troops can serve openly without jeopardizing our military’s ability to fight.  “The findings suggest that, for large segments of the military, repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’…would not be the traumatic change that many had feared and predicted, “ said Defense Secretary Robert Gates.  He and Admiral Mike Mullen – Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – both support repealing the law and will be questioned about the policy by the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.  So, that’s that, right?

Wrong.  There are those who think that DADT’s repeal would negatively influence the armed forces “unit cohesion.” Specifically, the all male combat arms and specialist units did not react positively on this measure.  58% of Marines in combat and 48% of Army combat troops responded “negatively” to the question: “If DADT is repealed and you are working with a service member in your immediate unit who has said he or she is gay or lesbian, how, if at all, would it affect how service members in your immediate unit work together to get the job done?” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is leading the charge against the repeal and says that it is nothing but a “political promise made by and inexperienced President or candidate for presidency of the United States.” 

If you belive that the “truth will set you free,” maybe it’s time we stop asking our soldiers to lie about who they are when they come to work every day protecting our nation’s freedom – who’s protecting theirs? What’s your opinion, MAMAs?  

6 Responses to MOMENT OF TRUTH: DADT Repeal Passes

  1. momof3 December 1, 2010 at 8:38 am #
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    We teach our kids to tell the truth – when they are all grown up, brave and strong, I don't want them to start lying to themselves or anybody about ANYTHING. I want them to be honorable and trustworthy. How can you defend freedom, when you are not allowed to be free? It is mind-boggling to me.

  2. debomama December 20, 2010 at 11:30 am #
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    Let's talk about it Mon on blogtalkradio.com/omama at noon PST

  3. noelle81177 December 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm #
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    I was so happy, I cried…Now our military can get back to work- just the way it was before, minus the discrimination!!! YAY for EQUALITY!!!!

  4. Anonymous December 23, 2010 at 2:53 am #
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    I am sick to death of all this BS about gays, and how the majority should just roll over for these bullies. Oh well, whenthe man on man rapes increase, (YES they do already happen, ask anyone in the military) the friendly fire will too. Sad the way they draw fire upon themselves, but not like I will ever cry for one.

  5. debomama September 20, 2011 at 10:39 am #
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    We've been talking about this for sooo long…how do we really feel about our soldiers being gay? Will this repeal make a difference in the field? We'd like to know how soldiers feel about this and hear what stories MAMAs can share with us from their soldier kids about how they feel about this repeal…weigh in MAMAs!

    • michelleo-mama September 20, 2011 at 10:48 am #
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      Our children are gay, our sisters and brothers are gay and our neighbors are gay…it is the reality of our American family. So, if our soldiers are gay and willing to fight and die for our freedoms, I think we should fight for theirs. "We are the land of the FREE because we are the home of the brave." I'm glad that we had brave military commanders, directors and politicians stand up and put an end to this discriminatory law. I am proud that our country can correct it's errors and continue to move forward perfecting our nation and our ideals.

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