A Historic Day! the Repeal of the Military Don't Ask Don't Tell
Reverend King Would be So Proud
Today, December 18, 2010 the Senate repealed the 17 year law against homosexuals serving in the military having to keep their lives a secret. Imagine not being able to live a life where you must live a lie in order not to be fired from your job? This is what thousands of military servicemen and women have had to do for years for fear of reprisal.
Military service members who are gay had to hide the fact they may have families or lived ones at home and have had to keep mum if they were in harms way so that they would not lose benefits and stature in the past. While the DADT was a far cry better than the previous ruling, its 17 year life in military homes must have seemed like an eternity for service members.
In 1974 I was told by a dear friend that he was gay when it was almost never voiced for fear of losing a good friend. At the time it seemed as though it was something my friend had to "closet" as no one was open to this lifestyle image. 36 years later gay military members were living a closeted life when the rest of society had, for the most part, come to terms with the idea same sex couples truly do love and cherish each other in a modern society.
Fear is what keeps things from changing. Fear consumes and destroys. It is fear that makes us believe something that has no real evidence to support it. Thank God for the bravery of not only those who served, alongside others...but those in government who stood up and made these people count without discrimination.
Dr. King would be proud. "Free at last" voiced by Dr. King is appropriate here most assuredly.