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Published:December 22nd, 2010 12:21 EST

Video: Wonderful Day For America! Obama Signs Repeal Of DADT

By Robert Paul Reyes

"President Obama signed the landmark repeal of the military`s `don`t ask, don`t tell` policy Wednesday morning, handing a major victory to advocates of gay rights and fulfilling a campaign promise to do away with a practice that he has called discriminatory.


Casting the repeal in terms of past civil rights struggles, Obama said he was proud to sign a law that `will strengthen our national security and uphold the ideals that our fighting men and women risk their lives to defend.`

The signing does not immediately implement the repeal but instead begins the process of ending the ban on gays serving openly in the military."

Gays and lesbians serving openly in the military seems like such a logical and  commonsense idea, that in a couple of decades from now we will wonder why it took so long to repeal DADT. 

The repeal of DADT is a landmark event in our nation`s history, not just for homosexuals but for everyone who cherishes freedom and human rights. 

Our young men and women are fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, ostensibly to bring a semblance of democracy to these Muslim nations. The hypocrisy of this endeavor boggles the mind, considering that our gay and lesbian soldiers were denied the freedom to be themselves. 

The end of DADT is a great step forward in the struggle for gay rights, but gays and lesbians still don`t have the same basic rights as everyone else. I hope that this important victory will embolden gays, lesbians and their supporters to redouble their efforts to end all laws that discriminate against gays. It`s a crying shame that same-sex marriage is legal in only a few states!

This is a great day for our democracy, but much work still remains to be done.

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