Today, President Barack Obama signed into the law the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, clearing the way for gays and lesbians to serve their country openly in the military for the first time in our nation’s history. Pretty historical and remarkable stuff!
Part of what this means is that — as soon as implementation begins (probably several months away) — the military will be stronger and will be able to start re-enlisting those who have already been trained and served well but were discharged because they were gay or lesbian. The military will also be stronger because it is creating an environment where integrity and honesty can thrive.
This is a win-win issue both in that it furthers and important civil rights cause as well as strengthens our military — already the best in the world.
This also represents the end of official discrimination against gays and lesbians in one of the few places where it is still allowed.
Let me make a couple of predictions:
- DADT repeal will be implemented quickly (within 3-6 months), easily and without incident. Ten years from now, it will seem odd to people that this was ever an issue in the military.
- Within ten years, gay marriage will be universally legally recognized in the United States.
- Within ten years, a significant portion of traditionalist anti-gay churches — especially larger, growing, evangelical churches — will come to see the treatment of LGBT folks as a justice issue, recognize how politics and cultural issues have produced flawed theology, and will be open to fully including gay and lesbians in the ministry and life of the church. It will be controversial — and not universal — but significant.
In many ways, these changes are inevitable…
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