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Leon Panetta: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ going ‘very well’

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  1. All that fear and prejudice about corrupting the military on DADT.

    Now it has been proven that there was nothing to fear. Americans should be able to relax and move on.

    Most nations have gay and lesbians serving openly in their defence and it has not caused anything or created any problems.

  2. Gay & Happy 11 May 2012, 4:58am

    Well there’s a surprise. Who’d have thought that one of the homophobes’ claims would turn out to be incorrect?

  3. Well of course it is…. when you remove prejudice and bigotry from law, it tends to have a positive outcome on society.

    Its like saying the removal of slavery is going very well, or the end of Apartheid is gong very well. Hindsight shows how backward and disgusting laws like this are.

  4. What did they expect? As long as someone is prepared to lay down their life for their country their sexuality should never have been a problem.

    Just a shame it took the US so long to repeal the act! Still, onwards and upwards in the fight for equality.

  5. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 11 May 2012, 3:18pm

    USMJC Article 125 Sodomy has not been repealed yet remember!

    Congress should repeal this law as well as DOMA!

    1. The anti-sodomy language is still technically there, but it’s no longer enforceable. Here’s what the Pentagon says about it:

      Q: Is consensual sodomy still a punishable offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice?

      A: Only in limited circumstances. Unrelated to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces found that private, consensual sexual activity, to include consensual sodomy, regardless of sexual orientation, is a protected liberty under the Fourteenth Amendment. Consensual sodomy can only be punished if it is prejudicial to good order and discipline or service discrediting (e.g., in public, between a superior and a subordinate), or there are other factors involved in the commission of the act such as force, coercion, or involvement of a minor. This was true before repeal and it remains true now.

    2. The term sodomy is still even used today ? And why would the military be afraid of human-animal sex ? Because the term sodomy refers also to that.

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