Today Marks a Human Rights Anniversary for Our Military

Today marks the one year anniversary of the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) which allowed lesbian, gay, bisexual Americans to serve in the Armed Forces.

Aaron Belkin, Ph.D., an associate professor in political science at San Francisco State University is one of the authors of a 50-page report, “One Year Out: An Assessment of DADT Repeal’s Impact on Military Readiness,” He is also the founder and director of a public policy research institute at the UCLA School of Law. “For almost twenty years, experts predicted that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would harm the military. “Now the evidence is in, and the conclusion is clear: repealing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ did not harm the military, and if anything made it easier for the Pentagon to pursue its mission.”

There was speculation or rhetoric that there would be widespread violence and attacks on gays in the military after repeal of DADT, there have not been any known acts of violence linked to the repeal, according to the Pentagon and some gay-rights advocates. Overall, a poll conducted on troops found the same level of unit readiness in 2012 as in the years before.

President Obama’s support of repealing the discriminatory policy and his evolving position on gay marriage are more about human rights and equality rather than political capital. While there are some Republicans during this campaign season who welcome going back to DADT, a year later there is no measurable proof that repealing DADT has been detrimental on our military’s combat readiness or moral.

On this the first anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, we are reminded that while the road to full equality for all Americans may come slowly and on battlefields at home and abroad it warrants celebrating those victories that bring us closer to respecting the lives of others.



  1. keith kitchen says:

    All the crap going on over seas and you want us to celebrate,I’m sure Oblameit,has time to celebrate