Shocking Revelation: Gays in the Military Not a Big Deal!
With the official repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell a few months back, the LGBT community celebrated a big win. We could finally openly serve our country without having to lie about who we were! How awesome is that, right?
Even though it was a pretty big deal, there were still those who opposed it (and a few still do). One such opponent was Marine General James F. Amos, who publicly opposed the repeal, citing “strong potential for disruption” among tightly-woven units.
That was Amos back in Dec. 2010 shortly before President Obama signed the repeal. While I can believe that there may be some surprised reactions to Marines coming out, I really don’t see it derailing our entire military.
Apparently, neither does Amos.
In an Associated Press interview, Amos called the repeal back in September a “non-event,” and has said his concerns have proven unfounded; in fact, Marines are embracing the change.
In all honesty, how could people think that just because a Marine was gay that it would derail the entire war effort? It’s not like someone’s dropping a gay bomb on our troops as soon as the legislation passes.
Whatever the case, things have been going a lot differently than Amos anticipated. He’s been on multiple trips to areas where Marines are stationed for some back-and-forth with the troops. Not a single time has he been asked questions about gays–not one.
Perhaps this is a sign that people in high positions in the government are finally coming around. Really, allowing LGBT people to have rights isn’t going to derail the war effort, or cause tornadoes, or ruin Thanksgiving.
(via Seattle PI)