Am I grateful that the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal has been signed into law? Yes, I am, but like the author, Fred Karger, and founder of “Rights Equal Rights” conveys,
WASHINGTON, DC – Like millions of Americans, I was so happy to see the president’s bill signing ceremony. Don’t Ask, Don’ Tell created nearly 18 years of government sanctioned and enforced discrimination. Now that it is on its way out, the president seemed genuinely happy for the first time in months.
See how great it can be to do the right thing. All that excitement and emotion at the signing ceremony was seen and heard around the world.
Barack Obama was probably one of the first prominent Americans to support gay marriage way back in 1996 when he was first running for state office in Illinois.
President Obama is one of those politicians who have to be made to do the right thing. We can not rest and must ensure all our rights are recognized. Besides, if our nation can admit we should be able to openly serve our country right alongside our straight troops then we should have every single right and benefit they enjoy.
Am I grateful? Of course, but this victory just makes me more determined to experience ALL the promises of equality by our nation’s constitution. Pam Spaulding, over at Pam’s House Blend, has a good post of Mike Signorile making the particular point we are where we are today because of our refusal to remain quiet about promises made to us by the Obama Administration.