A couple of days ago, the House of Representatives repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military. The repeal was sent onto the Senate. Yesterday, the Senate repealed the ban as well. About time!
Here is an excerpt from Fox News:
Repeal means that for the first time in U.S. history, gays will be openly accepted by the military and can acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being discharged. More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law. Before that, they had been explicitly barred from military service since World War I.
The change won’t take immediate effect, however. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability. After that, there’s a 60-day waiting period for the military.
Most conservatives are against this repeal. They have their reasons, and frankly, they are entitled to their opinion. However, justice has been served, and I celebrate with the GLBT community this victory.
As I’ve said before (here and here), despite your beliefs about the Bible and homosexuality, the issue of gays serving openly in the military is not a Biblical issue. If these men and women are willing to stand on the front lines and defend the freedoms of our country, then they have every right to stand up “open and free” while fighting for you and me.