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US to announce end of ban on openly gay troops

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  1. Jock S. Trap 22 Jul 2011, 10:26am

    About bloody time but still don’t understand why the delay, what were they expecting?

    Me thinks dirty minds are at play and not of the Gay/Lesbian kind but of the misguided ‘think nothing but sex all day’, straight, possibly religious, pervs.

    Well, better late than never I suppose.

    1. “About bloody time” – agreed.
      “Well, better late than never I suppose.” – also agreed.

  2. martyn notman 22 Jul 2011, 12:03pm

    seems to have taken forever…good news though

  3. Kate Aaron 22 Jul 2011, 1:05pm

    why these people fight for a country that still denys them basic human rights is beyond me, but they’re braver and better than I am. It’s a proud day to be a gay soldier, and not a minute too soon.

    1. Jock S. Trap 22 Jul 2011, 2:27pm

      I think its a tribute to those men and women who put themselves forward to protect their country with very little in return.

      It’s time politicans reckonised that and paid tribute to their bravery with their respect.

      At least now they can be open about themselves, it’s the basic human right they should never have been denied for so long.

  4. Finally!

    The UK did this so much more quickly, you’ve got to wonder why the US felt it needed to take so long?
    That 60 day count down will tick down to zero, and then we’ll finally get the non-event!

    1. Jane Clare Pawling 22 Jul 2011, 2:51pm

      Why? Religion and culture, what else? Several decades ago, a young man from a redneck state was discharged; he had refused to mop the barracks floor, saying that such was “women’s work”.

    2. Jock S. Trap 22 Jul 2011, 3:01pm

      Lets hope no Republican fruitloop decides on a legal challenge.

  5. Great news. The US administration has gone up considerably in my estimation for finally allowing this to happen.

    What a just irony that gays and women are now both serving in combat against countries where they would dare not raise their heads at all.

  6. Not so much “about bloody time” – more a case of “long overdue”. Of course being able to serve openly is one thing but it’s not really the end of the story – same-sex couples will NOT be eligible for all the standard benefits available to straight couples where one is in the military and is, for example, killed in action, because of the Defence of Marriage Act.
    So you can die for your country as an openly gay soldier, sailor, marine or airman, just don’t expect your partner to be cared for, or receive the same entitlements a straight couple would receive!!

    1. Jock S. Trap 22 Jul 2011, 2:28pm

      Indeed! Another case of winning the battle but not the war of Equality.

  7. Ned_Flaherty 22 Jul 2011, 3:25pm

    • 14,317 people were discharged under DADT (November 1993 – July 2011).
    • 78,000 bisexuals, lesbians, and gays are serving in the U.S. military today.
    • Millions served successfully through the 20th and 21st centuries.
    • 41 other nations also allow military service, regardless of sexual orientation.

  8. AndyAS, plus anyone serving or who wants to serve in the military from the six states that allow same-sex marriage will also be denied the right to marry while on duty because it too violates DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act). Disgusting!

    This also brings me to another point. Gay Americans still can’t bring in their foreign born partners (sponsor them for immigration) through marriage, but a straight couple can. Equally disgusting. America ought to be ashamed of itself.

    1. Rich (original) 24 Jul 2011, 10:10pm

      There is no “Gay Americans” – there is only homosexual parasites who sucking blood of Americans.

  9. keithzworld 22 Jul 2011, 3:47pm

    Personally I’m against war of any kind. But if a country must not be neutral, there should be a sense of fairness in regard to its soldiers

    1. Rich (original) 24 Jul 2011, 10:07pm

      You are like a cow. You lost the sense of manhood and will to power and forceful living with joy of victory over any enemy. Shame on you!

  10. Hopefully the Respect for Marriage Act will undo the injustice of DOMA, which should then allow gay soldiers’ partners to get the same protections enjoyed by straight soldiers’ partners. But since DADT took a ridiculously long time to repeal, and since the President has lost the House to the Republicans, I expect to see DOMA on the books for a very long time. It’s a safe/clever time for an equivocal President to introduce pro-gay legislation, coming up to the elections without much congressional clout left. The American gays might win him back his majority with that on offer, but I still think Obama is too afraid of turning off the mainstream voter to actually properly support them once he gets control of the House again.

  11. White House, Pentagon certify repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

    On September 20th, 2011, servicemembers can serve openly.

  12. Spanner1960 23 Jul 2011, 12:45pm

    Oh dear. Now look what they have gone and done:

  13. Spanner1960 23 Jul 2011, 12:46pm

  14. Rich (original) 24 Jul 2011, 10:02pm

    Homosexuals never shall be permitted take arms and be in military forces. They disgracing any country with their filthy habits.

  15. Rich (original) 24 Jul 2011, 10:16pm

    America needs to reverse socialist and homosexual politics of Obama administration. Democrats shall be expelled from Congress and Republicans shall take absolute control of the law and court in the country. All marxists shall be executed and people shall enjoy traditional way of life.

    1. Dude, take a chill pill, let everybody be free to love whoever they want!!!!
      in the last 72 hours, a man same as you had a serious problem, which ended up with 93 people killed.
      Open your eyes and accept the world is changing.
      Freedom is not a privilege is it our rights.

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