Well this had been a pretty big year for the gays, if I do say so myself. It’s no secret that the military wasn’t the most liberal of institutions when it came to the idea of homosexuality, however, effective today, serving in the closet isn’t a prerequisite for serving in the military:
WASHINGTON – After years of debate an d months of final preparations, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks.
Repeal of a 1993 law that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private took effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
Some in Congress still oppose the change, but top Pentagon leaders have certified that it will not undermine the military’s ability to recruit or to fight wars.
The Army was distributing a business-as-usual statement Tuesday saying simply, “The law is repealed,” and reminding soldiers to treat each other fairly.