I don't think I've been too soap-boxy here lately, and I also don't think I've ever been soap-boxy about this topic on this particular blog. But if you know me, you probably know that I'm quite "liberal" (in quotes because even I struggle to understand the definition of that oft-inflammatory word, and because I hesitate to label myself). I firmly believe in equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, creed, religion or sexual orientation. (I will admit, though, I'm starting to question equal rights for all political parties...you Tea Partiers are wearing on my nerves! But whatever - that's another post for another time.)
So that's what makes today such an awesome day! Because today marks the end of a terrible, 18-year-old policy of military discrimination called Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As of today, openly gay men and women are allowed to serve our country without fear of dishonorable discharge.
To me, this is amazing. I'm so happy to see this day come! If you think about it, there are entire non-drinking adults for whom DADT was their life-long norm. If they were gay and wanted to serve, they knew they had to live a lie. But now they don't have to!
Isn't that great? Hooray for President Obama for working so hard last year to get this DONE!
Now, in the interest of full-disclosure, I'm kind of in a crap mood today (call it hormones, exhaustion, tormented-writer-itis, whatever, I'm grumpy), so in a totally selfish effort to make myself feel better, I'll spend the rest of my internet-perusal time today looking for lovely, happy stories about celebrations of the DADT repeal, and I'll post them here tonight. It will be beautiful and sweet and it will make me celebrate along with them.
Here's the first, from my favorite newspaper, the New York Times. Go ahead and read it - I dare you not to cry.
The New Yorker also has a nice piece here.
OK, this is the official video from the White House, but at least I pulled it from YouTube and not the campaign pages. So I'm a little less partisan, no?