For the first time in America’s history gays can now openly serve in the military.
Sept. 20th marks the official repeal date set by President Obama, the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs. And the press has been having a field day with the coverage leading up the momentous occasion. Here are few stories that have popped up already:
- AP (via USA Today): Navy Officer, Partner Wed in Vt. as Ban Ends
- The Huffington Post: Gay Officer Says ‘This Is Going To Take Some Getting Used To’
- The Washington Post: U.S. military prepares for end of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’
- CNN: Repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ seen as ‘tipping point’ in gay rights movement
- Marine Times: We’re gay, get over it
- HBO aired a new documentary at midnight entitled “The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (Here’s a review from AfterElton.com)
I’m sure there will be lots more coverage throughout the day to get soldiers’ coming out stories, interviews with new gay recruits and reactions on bases across the world.
We’ve still got a long ways to go where gay rights is concerned, but if only for today, I’m going to revel in the historical beauty.